Selçuk in Selçuk (district), Izmir Province, Turkey
The Archaic-Classical Settlement and the Sepulchre Street
In the 8th century B.C. a village settlement was founded at the bay where the sea reached up to the Roman-period West Gate of the Agora; this settlement is probably Smyrna, attested in literature. Excavations in the western part of the Agora have revealed five architectural phases of residences: initially single-room, rectangular or oval houses developed over time into complexes with numerous rooms and inner courtyards. In the mid-6th century the coastal part of the settlement was abandoned due to the rising sea level.
Still in the 6th century a pottery kiln was built into the ruins; also an industrial enterprise existed here from mid-5th till the early 4th century B.C.
Under the eastern part of the Agora lies a graveyard from the 6th-4th centuries B.C. which expanded along the road that went through the dale between the two mountains of the town; reaching the later South Gate, it divided and its two branches ran along the shoreline.
Erected by Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Österreichisches Archaeology Institute.
Topics. Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 56.379′ N, 27° 20.442′ E. Marker is in Selçuk, Izmir Province, in Selçuk (district). Marker can be reached from Efes Yolu just south of Dr. Sabri Yayla Boulevard (Route D515) when traveling south. The marker is in an archaeological park that is about 3 km (2 miles) southeast of Selçuk. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Selçuk, Izmir Province 35920, Turkey. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tetragonos Agora - The Commercial Market (within shouting distance of this marker); The South Gate of the Agora (within shouting distance of this marker); The Celsus Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Hadrian's Gate (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The So-Called House of Pleasure (about 90 meters away); The Heroon of Androclos (about 120 meters away); The Latrine (about 120 meters away); Terrace House 2 (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selçuk.
More about this marker. This marker is one of the many markers that are situated at the archaeological park that displays the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. One web site boasts that the ruins that one can see and experience at Ephesus are, "better than Rome itself," and although some of the artifacts found in this area have been dated back to about 6,000 BC, most of what the visitors to the archaeological park see, date back to the glory years of Greece and Rome.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on March 23, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.