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Investigation Method:


Location: It is located on the skirts of Babadag Mountain (Salbakos); Medet Village in Tavas Valley; 7 km southwest of Tavas District of Denizli Province.
Geography and Environment: From Apollonia, Caria region is reached by Tabae road on the west. Sebastepolis road on the south gives way to Lycia region and Tavas road reaches Phrygia. The Valley of Meander is reachable through Aphrodisias road. The city is 15 km far from Herakleia, 40 km far from Aphrodisias, 10 km far from Sebastopolis and 15 km far from Tabea.
Research and Excavation: It takes place in the registered archaeological sites list prepared by Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Small Finds:
Remains: The ancient city of Apollonia was given its name in Hellenistic Period. The remains on the surface show that the city was enlarged towards the south and its most glorious period was the Roman Period. In Ancient times, the city was known as Apollonia Salbace. It is known that the rocky area on the south of Medet Village was used as the necropolis in the ancient times and the foundation of the village mosque belong to The Temple of Apollo. Along with the temple, a sculpture base and the inscription on it are dated to 2nd century AD. On the coins belonging to 1st century BC. and 1st century AD., the depictions of deities can be seen on the literature. The Temple of Apollo: It was erected with large cut-stone blocks and only the north and west faces of its walls without mortar remained. Due to the difference in the elevation, the east and south walls were built on the natural rock. But the traces show that the construction elements of the walls of the temple have been removed from their original place. Around the area, fragments of columns and architectural blocks definitely belonging to The Temple of Apollo were founds well as an inscription and a mythological relief which is assumed to belong to the reliefs of the pediment. Necropolis: Burial tiles were seen in patches in the necropolis. Also, there are two rock graves in this area.
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