STUDIES AT THE HARBOUR OF SOLI – POMPEIPOLIS

 

Situated on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Soli-Pompeiopolis is one of the most important harbour cities of the ancient world. In 2017, archaeological works were carried out at the city harbour and technical examinations were made on the breakwater structures. Over the past years, scientific studies have also been carried out on harbour and breakwaters by different teams. In 2017, underwater archaeological applications using electronic devices and standard methods have revealed that harbour drawings and reconstructions that have previously been made were mistaken. Alluviums carried by Seyhan and Ceyhan rivers to the Mersin Gulf and the thin alluvial deposits of Lyparis brook flowing through the ancient city, limit the underwater visibility in the harbour with the effect of waves. In spring and summer, the dominant wind from the south-east of the harbour further restricts the limited visibility in the sea. This situation adversely affects the studies done by observing the wall construction from the surface and the underwater studies. the work carried out at the sea and the physical condition of the breakwaters are examined into the framework of the land excavation which was headed by Prof. Dr. Remzi Yağcı.

 

The ancient city of Soli-Pompeiopolis is located on the Mersin-Mezitli coast, where Rough Cilicia is ends and the Plain of Cilicia starts

 

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