During excavations in an ancient city in southwestern Turkey, two buildings going back 2,400 years and thought to have been utilised by middle-class people were discovered.
According to Christof Berns, the leader of the excavation committee and a member of the Hamburg University Archeology Department, the ancient city of Miletos in the Didim district of Aydin province was a significant city in the disciplines of philosophy, science, and art in ancient Greek culture.
Miletos, which also housed the famed philosopher and mathematician Thales, is known as the “city of philosophers,” according to Berns.
Berns stated that they had discovered a good urbanisation structure known as the “grid system” in the city.
He stated that in previous investigations, they discovered public structures such as a theatre, marketplace, and temple and that they hope to unearth common people’s residences during this year’s excavations.
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“We have now focussed our excavation effort on two aspects, which are houses and streets,” Berns explained, adding that this is a subject that has not been extensively researched up until this point.
“In the past, mostly public constructions such as temples and market places were researched, but with the ongoing digs, we hope to find signs of average people’s daily lives,” he emphasised.
“We have reached two dwellings where regular people lived that date back 2,400 years. The houses are little, but we know there are larger ones as well,” Berns noted.