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It is in the Şerefler Village of the Ortaca district of Muğla. The ancient city was established on the slopes of the low hills to the east of the Dalaman Plain. Walther Arkwright was the first explorer who accurately identified the city (The place Charles Fellows identified as Kalynda in 1840 is probably Daidala). According to the Patara Road Monument, Kalynda is a city on the Telmessos - Kaunos route. It is the westernmost Lycian city with the traditional assumption that the western border of Lycia is the Dalaman River (the ancient Indus river). Located on the border of Caria and Lycia, the city was often associated with Caria as well.
No excavation work has been held so far. Hellenistic city walls with a thickness of 3 meters are the best preserved remains. The building remains inside the walls are unidentified. There are pigeon nest style rock tombs to the north and east of the settlement.

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Murat Demirci,

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