Water for the market: hydraulic infrastructure at the roman macellum of Sagalassos, SW Turkey

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Abstract

In Roman times, the macellum was an exclusive market building devoted to the retail of costly foodstuffs such as meat and fish. Processing and selling sensitive food items necessitated a particularly hygienic environment, in which water played a central role. Macella usually featured a constant supply of running water, cisterns, fountains, basins, efficient drainage facilities, as well as paved surfaces and stone tables easy to clean. The macellum
of Sagalassos (SW Turkey) was built in the last decades of the 2nd century AD and remained in activity until the late 5th/ early 6th
century AD. It is one of the few comprehensively excavated macella in the Roman East. During the excavations, carried out between 2005 and 2013, a specific attention was given to the rich hydraulic infrastructure found in the
macellum, allowing a better understanding of the commercial and daily activities taking place in the complex.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Management during the time of Frontinus
Subtitle of host publicationBuildings, Techniques, Culture: Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Frontinus-Society, Trier, 25-29 May 2016
EditorsWolfram Letzner, Gilbert Wiplinger
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Pages343-350
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBABesch Supplements
Volume32

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    Richard, J. (2017). Water for the market: hydraulic infrastructure at the roman macellum of Sagalassos, SW Turkey. In W. Letzner, & G. Wiplinger (Eds.), Water Management during the time of Frontinus: Buildings, Techniques, Culture: Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Frontinus-Society, Trier, 25-29 May 2016 (pp. 343-350). (BABesch Supplements; Vol. 32). Peeters Publishers.