Turkey.. The discovery of a marble sundial from the Roman era


Turkish archaeologists have found a marble sundial in the ancient city of Aizanoi in the western state of Kutahya.


The head of the excavation team at the site, Gokhan Joshkun, said that they found the sundial during excavations in the course of the Koja Gai River (Pangalas), which passes from the ancient city.

He explained that the watch dates back to the Roman era and is the first of its kind to be found in the archaeological city of Aizanoi, located in the district of “Chavadar Hisar” in Kutahya.

He noted that the watch is almost complete and is missing a few small pieces only, and it is in very good condition.


He stated that the height of the clock is 45 cm, its width is 43 cm, and its age is estimated at about two thousand years.

He pointed out that the sundials were placed in central places in the old cities for people to watch to determine the time, just like the clock towers of our day.

The city of Aizanoy is one of the most prominent monuments in Kütahya and is called the second city of Efes because of its resemblance to the world-famous city of Efes, located in the western state of Izmir.


The ancient city was inscribed on the tentative list of the World Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2012 and excavations have continued since 2011.