ANKARA – Turkish Daily News, Thursday, July 20, 2006
The ancient theater in Kaunos, located in Mu├ä┼Şla’s Dalyan district, had a rotating stage, archaeologists working on the site announced on Wednesday.
Professor Cengiz I├ů┼Ş├ä┬▒k, head of the excavations in Kaunos, said they have made numerous discoveries, which he says includes firsts in archaeology.
├óÔéČ┼ôOur latest discovery is that it incorporated a rotating stage system,├óÔéČ┬Ł I├ů┼Ş├ä┬▒k told the Anatolia news agency.
├óÔéČ┼ôKaunos does not have the usual ancient structures built out of colossal white marble columns, but has very special features that can be called firsts in archaeology. One of them is the theater.
The two-meter high rotating stage was triangular in shape with different decor on each side. As the setting changed throughout the play’s plot, a mechanism rotated the stage,├óÔéČ┬Ł I├ů┼Ş├ä┬▒k explained.
├óÔéČ┼ôAncient playwrights mentioned this system in historical documents but we did not have any archaeological evidence of this system until now,├óÔéČ┬Ł he said.
I├ů┼Ş├ä┬▒k said the rotating stage system would be utilized in a concert to be held on Aug. 25 to mark the 125th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atat├â┬╝rk’s birth.
Ba├ů┼Şkent University’s Academic Orchestra will perform the concert accompanied by photographs of Atat├â┬╝rk on the three sides of the stage.
Excavations in the ancient city have been continuing since 1966 and are expected to last for years.
Kaunos was a significant trading port in ancient times, however, over time sand and silt filled├é┬áthe harbor over time.
According to Heredotos, who lived around 500 B.C., the people of Kaunos were descendents├é┬áof the ancient civilization of Caria and considered themselves Cretans.
When the Persians captured Anatolia, the city came under the control of Mausolos.
After Alexander the Great defeated the Persians in 334 B.C. the city was ruled by Princess Ada, then by Antigonos, one of Alexander’s generals and later by Ptolemy of Egypt.