Looters destroy giant tumuli with heavy equipment

At least three giant tumuli were recently destroyed by illegal looting activity involving use of heavy mechanised equipment in the province of Kastamonu, northern Turkey. Mechanical diggers dug through tumuli near the village of Alpagut leaving a trail of destruction.

The tumulus destroyed by looting (by Kastamonu Gazetesi)
The tumulus destroyed by looting (by Kastamonu Gazetesi)

The tumuli near the village of Alpagut are ancient masonry tombs hidden within mounds. The region in question contains numerous burial mounds of this kind, dated to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Looters used mechanical diggers to dig through the side of the mounds in order to reach the burial chambers. As the authorities say, the destruction must have occurred not later than last week. The director of the Kastamonu Arkeoloji Müzesi (Kastamonu Archaeological Museum) reported the destruction of the archaeological sites to Police, who is currently looking for the looters.

At least two tumuli damaged by looting in the province of Kastamonu (by Kastamonu Gazetesi)
At least three tumuli damaged by looting in the province of Kastamonu (by Kastamonu Gazetesi)

(after Kastamonu Gazetesi)

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