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Title: Preservation and promotion of the Sagalassos quarry and town landscape, Turkey
Authors: Degryse, Patrick
Torun, Ebru
Corremans, Markku
Heldal, Tom
Bloxam, Elizabeth G.
Waelkens, Marc
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Geological Survey of Norway
Host Document: QuarryScapes: ancient stone quarry landscapes in the eastern Mediterranean pages:97-102
Abstract: At the Hellenistic–Roman town of Sagalassos most natural building stones used in the ashlar architecture
originate from local lithological units, both in the immediate vicinity of the city and on its
territory. Imported white limestone and white and coloured marbles represent only a small fraction
of the total amount of building stones used. The proximity of the stone quarries supplying Sagalassos
to the monumental centre of the town, offers great potential of contextualising this quarry
landscape as part of the extended urban landscape. When the quarries of the city of Sagalassos are
seen as an integral part of the monumental town, their significance can be easily demonstrated to
the public and the need for their conservation becomes evident. As Sagalassos is an archaeological
site where guided tours are offered and where the excavation and reconstruction of the town and
its environs can be directly observed, the local quarries and their history can be disclosed to the
broader audience. Although the number of people reached is moderate, such a model may hopefully
serve as an example for making other similar monumental cities and their associated quarries
accessible to a wider public, hence ensuring their long-term preservation.
ISBN: 978-82-7385-138-3
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Division of Geology
Archaeology, Leuven

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