Soli City-Site Travel Guide

  • The remains of the agora
    The remains of the agora
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  • Stones and stones and stones.......
    Stones and stones and stones.......
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  • Terrace wall on ancient wall base.
    Terrace wall on ancient wall base.
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Soli City-Site Warnings and Dangers

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    by leics Written Jan 2, 2010

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    The ground around the basilica and the path leading to the amphitheatre are well-surfaced, but the rest of the site is fairly wild.

    When I visited, in December, it was also quite overgrown. Consequently it was easy to miss one's footing. There are plenty of sudden drops and hidden holes, chunks of stone tucked away in the grass and crumbling excavation edges (don't get too close).

    Be especially careful walking along by the field terrace walls. There are several pieces of antique barbed wire lying hidden in the grass (the agora excavations were fenced off for several decades). I suspect they will be no less hidden come the height of summer, even when the grass is dead. Could be very nasty indeed.....it nearly was for me.

    Wear sensible footwear, not beach shoes.

    Exposed drop over excavation site.
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Soli City-Site Off The Beaten Path

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    by leics Written Jan 2, 2010

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    The hillside which lies over the ancient city has been terraced for agriculture, and the terraces are retained by rough stone walls.

    The lower levels are actually built upon the ancient structures. Both these and those on higher levels include many, many stones from the city.

    Worth wandering along them for a closer look. You never know what you might spot!

    Terrace wall on ancient wall base. Stones and stones and stones.......
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    by leics Written Jan 2, 2010

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    You will find hundreds of these dotted about the site.

    Walk down to the agora area and you'll see huge chunks of Roman roof tile and amphorae just lying around.

    Look at the banks of soil and you will see they are stuffed with sherds of all shapes, sizes and types.

    As is always the case with large occupation sites, the whole area is awash with the debris of a past community.

    Touch a sherd. Pick one up. You are probably the first person to do so for nearly 2000 years ...or more.

    A real connection to the reality of the past.

    Soil simply stuffed with sherds.
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