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Vaulted Corridors Discovered at Turkey’s Metropolis

Friday, November 15, 2013

Metropolis Vaulted ChambersIZMIR, TURKEY—Brick-vaulted corridors thought to have been traveled by servants working in the city’s Roman baths 2,000 years ago have been found at the site of Metropolis. The corridors run parallel to the northern, western, and southern walls of the baths and to the furnaces built near the bath’s pools. “It is very exciting that the structures survived to this day in such good condition,” said Serdar Aybek of Celal Bayar University. His team also uncovered the footprints of a man and a goat. “When we saw these footprints, we imagined the days when the bath was built or restored. We think the footprints belong to a goat that entered the area before the structure’s soil mixture dried, and a man ran after it,” he added.