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>> Hi there.
It's Sue Beck, and it's my pleasure
to introduce Elizabeth Murphy, who's a
doctoral
candidate at the Joukowsky Institute for
Archeology
in the Ancient World at Brown University.
And I'm going to ask her to tell us a
secret about Sagalassos.
>> The site of Sag, or the region of
Sagalassos, has been documented as
having some of the highest altitude
cultivation
of olive, in fact, of the ancient world.
And this has been documented through a
variety of different techniques, such as
palynology.
And identifications of, and through raw
survey.
>> That's pretty cool.
You know, they used to say that the, the
limits of
the classical world was where the olive
can't grow, you're into barbarism.
So, so we're, we're way up high but, we're
way up high where, where is Sagalassos?
I love that name!
>> [LAUGH] The site of Sagalassos is
located
in modern southwest Turkey, or ancient, in
the Roman period at least, Asia Minor.
And it's a site located in the, in the
western
Taurus mountains about 30 kilometers
outside of Burdur or Isparta.
These are the modern cities.
>> Okay.
And does altitude, how, how, how high up?
>> The Sagalassos is actually located
on the, really the side of a mountain.
So it's situated between 1,450 and 1,700
meters
above sea level.
So it's really a mountainous site.
And it offers spectacular views.
And as a result.
>> And it's a, it's a, it's a city, I
mean, a major city in, from when to when?
>> Mm, the site was, well, there's an
earlier occupation, in fact, at a
plateau actually facing Sagalassos, which
dates at
least to the classical and Hellenistic
periods.
>> Huh.
>> We know occupation in the region
actually predates that and probably
goes back to at least the eighth the

CE or? >> Amazingly Sagalassos offers a lot of information about the late Antique Period as well. It used to be that. like you know. first couple of centuries. in fact. >> And so. so quite early. it's a beautiful site. But it's in fact in many ways known amongst archaeologists for its long term occupation during the 6th and 7th centuries. quite fascinating as things kind of fall apart and reconfigure. the late Hellenistic Period. so it's high point is really the Roman. the Sagalassos project. I'm just going to call it Saga from now on.eight. the late Roman Period for the region. But the site of Sagalassos itself as a city begins in the late Hellenistic period and continues through the Roman period into the early Byzantine periods. a good website. you see massive expansion of monumental building at the site. and her collaborators. And you'll get some beau. Check this stuff out. you know. >> This is a period that more and more people are getting interested in. And as a result it offers one of the best documented case studies for the late Antique period. And there's also a. >> Okay. And so it was a major regional center for the area of ancient [UNKNOWN]. 8000 BC. Now in this case study we're going to be using a lot of footage Provided by the. Particularly beginning in the early Roman Period. But late Antique is is. now we really wanted to focus on the height of empire when Roman was mighty. >> And certainly had a very very prominent earlier period. early Roman Period. So what do you do there and how long have you worked there and do you stay up there or do you have to . [LAUGH] We'll call it Saga. is quite. And so you'll be seeing Elizabeth and her. the directors of the project in action.

it's 6 hectares in size. >> Like. a large scale area of. So it's actually a very vibrant part of the city. It was also an area in which we have a lot of tombs. That. for example. we've talked about this. the city wall. you'll see. doesn't get a lot of attention. believe me. it was part of the eastern Necropolis as well. the periphery. >> But this area is. but it's a part that often. as it were. >> Yeah. like suburbs? >> Really. And those of us. And so there's actually a. absolutely. And we're trying to. I mean. but rather on the outskirts. >> Yeah. Sa. >> She started in diapers. But most of my research actually at the site has been focused not actually on the Monumental City Center itself. yeah. . Saga's got that too. And we have a lot of evidence for other things. we have a small church in that area as well. The. >> And monumental. a little deeper. in fact. you now. the idea that we use to focus on. dig down.climb the damn hill everyday? >> well. I've been working there now for seven years. is extremely cool. elite activity. and what we call the eastern suburbia of the site. and high end stuff and luxury and all that. my work has [INAUDIBLE]. Where really. going on eight years and. like water infrastructure. >> because it's not big and marble. it's on the outside of the. that was home to a large industrial area. And and even in the late Antique period. >> So it was part of. well a rather large area. at most cities. you know. you know.