The ancient city of Metropolis in Izmirs Torbali district continue to shed light on secrets of history.
Archaeology Professor Serdar Aybek from Manisa Celal Bayar University said that the work has been carried out with the participation of of experts from foreign and Turkish universities.
The newly discovered structure has given new information about ancient engineering and architecture. As the structure is well-preserved it shows that craftsmen living in the city had an advanced knowledge of architecture and engineering.
In the new building a small private bath has been discoverd and as it has many small places it is thought that it served one family and which would have been built in the fourth to fifth centuries.
Next to the marble courtyard of the Balneum there is a pool for up to three to four people and from this pool, there is access to the front room with another pool covered with colored marbles. The warmest room is thought to be a sweating room similar to a sauna.
The excavation team were able to identify a unique engineering wonder system that showed that the space was heated from the floor and wall about 1,500 years ago.
Professor Aybek said that “with the findings of the excavations carried out in Metropolis in 2019, we are happy to prove once again how much advanced civilizations lived in Anatolia 1,500 years ago. The advanced heating system we discovered in the Balneum reveals important clues about the life of the city and its people at that time. The private bath structure, which we believe belonged to one of the notables of the city, shows that they had a heating system that we can consider very advanced even today and that an engineering study was carried out to ensure that clean and dirty water passes without contact with each other.”