Earlier this month excavations began at the 2,500-year-old city of Kyzikos, in Balıkesir, northwest Turkey. The prize in sight? A relief of Hadrian. Speaking to Hürriyet Daily News last week, Nurettin Koçhan, in charge of the excavations and an associate professor at the archaeology department of Atatürk University, said that his team will be exploring the area around the site where a Corinthian-style column from the Temple of Hadrian (the one at Ephesus) was unearthed last year. Dating from the Roman period and measuring 2.5 metres in height, it is described by Koçhan as the ‘biggest and most elegant Corinth column made during the Roman Empire’.
‘An ancient source tells of a relief of Hadrian in the temple area,' Koçhan told Hürriyet Daily News. 'If that is right, I believe we can find its remains.’
The photograph shows Professor Koçhan with the Corinthian column discovered last autumn in Kyzikos (photo: archeolog-home.com).