Works to excavate a 2,000-year-old Roman bath in Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Yozgat were halted as funding from the Culture and Tourism Ministry stopped.
The excavation works at the Basilica Therma were suspended three years ago and have not restarted since. The area is now fenced off, and visitors are barred from entry.
A tentative UNESCO World Heritage site, the remains drew attention from archaeology enthusiasts around the world for the length of the excavation.
Holding water that’s around 48 to 40 degrees Celsius, the Basilica Therma is a special type of bath that only has one other example in the world.
While the thermal Roman bath in England’s Bath province receives around one million visitors annually, the Yozgat bath is pending “archaeological protection area” status.