ISSN: 1309-8780
e-ISSN: 2822-3985

Vahit Macit Tekinalp1, Hacer Sancaktar2

1Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Edebiyat Fakültesi, Sanat Tarihi Bölümü, Ankara/TÜRKİYE
2Yozgat Bozok Üniversitesi, Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi, Arkeoloji Bölümü, Yozgat/TÜRKİYE

Keywords: Lycia, Arycanda, North of Terrace Bath, Coins, Arycanda Acropolis.


The ancient city of Arykanda is located within the borders of Antalya Province, Finike District, Arif Village. The Terrace Bath is located west of a narrow stairway leading west from the State Agora to the Commercial Agora on the Acropolis. Excavations in the north of the Terrace Bath were conducted during the years between 2012 and 2017. Excavations were made in seven trenches (YHK1-7) in this area, and seventy-seven coins were found. Sixty-seven coins that can be identified from these coins are dated between the 4th century BC and the 4th century AD. Intense layers of fire were found during the excavations to the north of the Slope Bath. The interruptions and layers of destruction in the coin data of the Emperor Probus Period indicate that the city’s Acropolis was attacked and destroyed in 278 AD. During Emperor Probus, the Isaurians’ attack on Lycia in A.D. 278 caused a troubled process that lasted for about a year throughout the region. It is learned from historical sources and inscriptions that some high-ranking soldiers in the region were assigned to suppress the uprising. The fire layers found in the Arykanda Acropolis inside and outside the city walls and to the north of the Terrace Bath must also be related to the attacks of the Isaurians’.

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