Results of the Campaign 2012

Excellent Condition of the Serapis Temple surprises even specialists

Amazing results can be reported from the Ephesos Excavations this year, where the Ephesus Foundation continued its project at the Serapis Temple. Main parts of the building are still laying in front of it as they collapsed during the earthquake that finally destroyed the temple. During this year’s campaign 407 of these blocks (between 8 and 20 tons) were removed by a crane. The results even surprised specialists. Sabine Ladstätter, Ephesos Excavation Director: «The detailed study of these blocks made clear that the temple was of extraordinary monumental size. It once had a height of 22 m. Beyond that, the building is in an excellent condition. For though we had already assumed this, even we are surprised to what extent the building is preserved. For example, nearly 100% of the pediment (triangular section above the horizontal structure) remains until today. This is an extraordinary feature and provides valuable information about the appearance of the temple in antiquity and its architectural details.»

The Ephesus Foundation not only finances scientific research at the Serapis Temple, but also supports essential conservation activities in the ancient city. The main project focuses on Terrace House 2, a luxurious housing complex in the urban centre. Ahmet Kocabıyık, President of the Ephesus Foundation and Chairman of Borusan Holding: «We have attracted two new sponsors to finance the on site consolidation and conservation of two rooms with wall paintings this year. The wall decoration is highly afflicted by environmental influences, such as changes in temperature and humidity or the deposition of dust, and needs expert treatment. To document the support of our sponsors we set up sponsor plates in front of the corresponding rooms.»

Another project of the Ephesus Foundation, started this year, originated from the plans for a new visitor’s entrance near the ancient harbour. In large part, a thick layer of earth was removed from the so-called Arkadiane Street leading from the Great Theatre to the harbour. The objective is to finally provide free passage for a future stream of visitors. Archaeological excavations along the road brought forward Late Antique installations. It is likely that even in the 7th century small shops, craftman’s workshops and store rooms were built into the Northern Hall, bordering the Arkadiane Street, illustrating the use of this important connection road for mercantile trade.

The Ephesus Foundation is going to continue its work in Ephesos next year and is most appreciative of every contribution.




3D Reconstruction of the Serapis Temple, (© B. Thuswaldner/ÖAI, 2012) 3D Reconstruction of the Serapis Temple, (© B. Thuswaldner/ÖAI, 2012) 3D Reconstruction of the Serapis Temple, (© B. Thuswaldner/ÖAI, 2012)



Crane Work, (© S. Ilhan/ÖAI, 2012) Crane Work, (© S. Ilhan/ÖAI, 2012) Crane Work, (© S. Ilhan/ÖAI, 2012)



Conservation of the wall paintings in corridor 27 in Terrace House 2. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Conservation of the wall paintings in Room 16a in Terrace House 2. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Conservation of the wall paintings in Room 16a in Terrace House 2. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012)



Conservation of the wall paintings in Room 16a in Terrace House 2. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Conservation of the wall paintings in Corridor 27 in Terrace House 2. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Conservation of the wall paintings in Corridor 27 in Terrace House 2. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012)



Conservation of the wall paintings in Corridor 27 in Terrace House 2. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Cleaning and excavation of the Arkadiane Street towards the ancient harbour. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Cleaning and excavation of the Arkadiane Street towards the ancient harbour. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012)



Cleaning and excavation of the Arkadiane Street towards the ancient harbour. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Cleaning and excavation of the Arkadiane Street towards the ancient harbour. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012) Cleaning and excavation of the Arkadiane Street towards the ancient harbour. (© N. Gail/ÖAI, 2012)


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