October 06, 2009

Aphrodisias Museum and Signage Completed After 10 Years

Graeco-Roman archaeological stele located in the eastern Mediterranean.

RSM Design began working with New York University and numerous cultural and philanthropic groups in Turkey over 10 years ago to implement a new site tourist sign program at one of the most important Graeco-Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean.  Currently on the list of consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Aphrodisias was in need of a systematic approach to wayfinding for the numerous international tourists that are guided through the well-preserved and partially restored ancient  splendors.

With the opening this month of the final stage of the site’s museum, the sign program nears completion after 10 years of development, testing, and implementation of the program.  Using local village craftsman and regional materials for the sign construction, the site signage uses multi-lingual information panels to introduce the history of the area and aid in the navigation through the city.

RSM Design was fortunate to also design and coordinate the display and exhibit panels for the on-site Aphrodisias Museum, housing and displaying artifacts of unsurpassed value found at the excavation as well as from the renowned school of marble sculpture that was also found on the site.  The amount of registered objects within the collection exceeds well over 12,000 pieces that date back to 5000 B.C. and continues to grow as each year passes.

Check out our previous blog post, “Harry Mark’s Drawings Featured in a Publication on Aphrodisias.”

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