A large ancient relief has been revealed during renovation works on the Gediz River delta in Izmir’s Menemen district. The relief has been delivered to the Izmir Archaeology Museum.
The 1.8 meter-long, 1.5 meter-wide, 30 centimeter-thick relief depicts a woman carrying grape and a girl with a tray in her hand. According to information provided by the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works, the relief was discovered in the alluvial deposit of the river. After their suspicions were aroused about the shape of the rock, workers discovered that it was a historical artifact.
Works are ongoing to clean the relief and find out its era. Officials say the area where the relief was discovered is close to the ancient city of Larissa, and the relief could have drifted away in the current of the river.