The Hexagonal Basin at Komana: A Preliminary Architectural Study

Çinici, Ahmet
Erciyas, Deniz Burcu
Komana, 9 km northeast of modern day Tokat in the ancient Kingdom of Mithradates of the Hellenistic period, is mostly known from 19th century travellers’ accounts, and the ancient author Strabo’s Geography. However no proper archaeological investigation has been carried out until 2004. Between 2004 and 2008, a team from the Graduate Program in Settlement Archaeology at the Middle East Technical University, led by B. Erciyas, conducted extensive and intensive surveys, geophysical prospection, archival study as well as an architectural study at a possibly Roman or Byzantine structure within the urban boundaries of the ancient site. The exact function of this hexagonal structure could not be identified, however the terracotta water pipes reaching into the walls and the water outlets on its floor suggested a function related to water. The construction, plan, architectural details as well as its function will be discussed in this article.


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A. Çinici and D. B. Erciyas, “The Hexagonal Basin at Komana: A Preliminary Architectural Study,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 281–296, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: