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    by ghislain69 Written Feb 21, 2003

    The Directorate of the Mugla Museum is in the old prison behind the courthouse. In late 1992, the excavations carried out at Kaklicatepe near Özlüce village revealed numerous animal and plant fossils in February, 1994.

    The fossils exhibited at the Mugla Museum are of creatures that lived 9-5 billion years ago. These were habitants of a vast area between Eastern Asia and Spain before they became extinct. As these fossils were first discovered in the Tervel territory in Spain, this period is called Turolian.
    During the excavations, numerous fossils of giraffes, horned animals, rhinoceros, proboscidians, wild boars, horses and carnivorous animals, as well as various vegetation were unearthed. Some of these fossils are exhibited in the Natural History section of the Museum. Another part of the Museum open to the public is the Ethnographical Section where outfits and daily household utensils from various parts of Mugla are exhibited.

    The Archaeological pieces are stored at the Mugla Museum for the time being while work is under way to open the Archaeological Section.

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    The antique Stratoniceia city is at Eskihisar village, located on the Yataðan-Milas highway 6-7 km. west of Yatagan, Mugla.

    The city was founded in the 3rd century B.C. The Syrian king, Seleucus I, arranged for the marriage of his wife, Stratonice, with his son Antiochus who founded the city in honour of his erstwhile stepmother and present wife.

    According to Strabon, wanderer and writer, the city adorned with beautiful buildings, was later given to Rhodes as a present at an uncertain date. The Rhodians later lost their dominance but took over again in 197 B.C. The Roman Senate decreed Caria's independence in 167 B.C., thus ending the Rhodian sovereignty. The city was captured by Mithridates in 88 B.C. Labienus, at the head of his Parthian hordes, attacked the city in 40 B.C. From the coins found during the excavations, the Stratoniceians started minting their own money in 167 B.C., when they gained their independence from Rhodes, until the time of Gallienus (253-268 B.C.).

    The acropolis is on the hilltop on the south, fortified by a ringwall around the summit. To the north, on a terrace at the hillside (just beyond the present highway) there are remains of a small temple with an inscription stating that it was devoted to the cult of Emperors. Below this is a large theatre. The cavea is divided by stairways into nine cunei and there is a single diazoma. The stagebuilding is now in evidence to a large scale by virtue of excavations.

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    The Temple of Hecate at Lagina is within the Turgut region of Yataðan, Muðla. The ruins of Lagina may be reached by an asphalt road of 9 km., which branches to the right past the thermal power plant on the Yatagan-Milas highway.
    The Lagina sanctuary, which was a prominent cult centre of the Carians, is still famous today and is also known by the name of Leyne.
    Recent research has revealed that this region was inhabited from the Antique Bronze Age (3000 B.C.) up to the present. The kings of Seleucus, by virtue of great constructional efforts, built up the Lagina sanctuary as a religious centre, and the city of Stratoniceia, 11 km. away, was the political centre.

    The inscriptions at Lagina and on the walls of Bouleterion at Stratoniceia reveal that those two cities, were connected by a Sacred Road, and during festivities, a splendid ritual procession carried the key of the temple from Lagina to Stratoniceia.
    Hecate, the deity of Lagina, is the grandchild of Caios and Phoibe, Titan descendants of the sun. Her father is Perses and her mother is Asterie.
    Asterie and Leto are twin sisters. Hence, Apollon, Artemis and Hecate are cousins.
    An Anatolian deity, Hecate reigns over air, land, and sea. Therefore, in works of art she is represented as a single body, but, generally with three heads. She is empowered to open the door of Hades of the underworld. Hecate is also the mistress of the dead. She is present at funerals and takes delivery of the dead spirits. She is the sender of bad dreams (nightmares), ghosts and spectres, but, as sender, can also defend man against them. At the same time, Hecate rules over oracles, magic and spells. Oracles and witches are Hecate's priests.
    Her principal attributes are a female dog, a female wolf, a mare, a snake, a hatchet, a dagger, a key, a torch, an earthenware pot and a crescent moon.

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    Drunk...very drunk

    by beatle74 Updated Nov 4, 2002

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    ....I really don't know what I was doing after a delicous dinner and of course a few glasses of R A K I :)))

    Favorite Dish: Absoluetly fish!

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Mugla Warnings and Dangers

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    by beatle74 Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Mosquitos!!! July is their month, august and June is not that much bad!
    When the sun starts to set down, immediatly find a place to buy a mosquito-buster. You can find that kind of disguisting lotions in any groceries or pharmacies.
    But mosquitos can't be a reason for missing Dalyan beauties.

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Mugla Off The Beaten Path

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    by beatle74 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Eating, eating and again eating for pleasure:)
    Yuvarlakcay is a fountain area of a little river. It's a very good escape from the hot summer weather circumstances. And there are a few restaurant where you can get a trout or tandoor.
    Nice and cheap place and there are midi buses to get there from Dalyan. (next to post office)

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