Very cool. Wonder where specifically they were found. I spent time in Turkey
back in the late 70s/early 80s in the US Army. Took my wife there in 2012. I knew better than to go to Turkey
in summer, but the date of the trip couldn't be avoided. We rented a car
and drove around. We knew Selcuk and Ephesos
would be overrun with cruise ship buses (back in the late 70s, me and my buddies were the only ones there that day and could go anywhere and do anything). So, I researched hidden gems of places to go off the beaten path and far enough away from cruise ship buses. Aizanoi (in a town whose name I cannot pronounce or spell) was one of them, we stayed in a hotel there a day on the way from Istanbul to Selcuk. We were the only tourists and it was wonderful. It was a place I could spend lots of time for multiple reasons.
Long story short, we went to Selcuk and I took my wife to Ephesos
. On advice from locals, we arrived 30 minutes before it opened and were first in. When we left, the parking lot was full and it was insanely crowded. We totally rearranged our itinerary because the crowds just ruin it. Went inland to the huge lake region and then returned to Aizanoi. Skipped all the tourist areas and had
a great time. Aizanoi, they claimed, had
the first stock exchange. Remains of a Temple to Artemis
and a temple of Cybele
on a hill
. A Roman
city with Temple of Zeus
and amphitheater. Amazing. And we were the only tourists. Just like the old days.