In Turkey, archaeologists have discovered VIP sites that are 1,800 years old
In the ancient city of Pergamum (west of the Turkish province of Izmir), archaeologists have found 1800-year-old seating during excavations of an ancient amphitheater, which were intended for a special category of spectators, according to the Daily Mail.
According to experts from the German Archaeological Institute who carried out the research, the amphitheater was built in the Roman era and was a copy of the famous Colosseum. It could accommodate up to 50 thousand people. Among the usual seats, scientists have found five intended for the highest nobility.
“They (referring to the inhabitants of Pergamum. – Ed.) Wanted to build here a copy of the Colosseum, which could be visited by all strata of society. – commented the archaeologist Felix Pearson. – But people from the upper class or noble families had separate places in special sections with names engraved on them. “
According to scientists, the arena was the site of battles involving gladiators and animals, and was probably also used for public executions and reenactments of military battles.
Now archaeologists who continue to work in the area are planning to determine the exact number of VIP zones. They note that they are very similar to those that are being built in modern stadiums and concert venues.
Pearson noted that all of the finds found during these excavations will be exhibited at the Bergama Museum in Izmir. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
According to the Daily Mail, Pergamum (modern name for Bergama – Ed.) Was a wealthy and powerful ancient Greek city. And under the rule of the Romans, by the 2nd century AD, it became one of the most important cultural and economic centers. Construction was actively carried out here, including the construction of an amphitheater, a forum and architectural monuments. But in the next century, the city faced an economic crisis after it was badly damaged by an earthquake.
In 2014, Pergamum was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Source: bbc website