Burial chamber discovered in ancient Karia

A 2400-year old burial chamber was discovered by construction workers in the Milas district of Muğla province, south-western Turkey. The discovery was made near the road leading to Mylasa, the capital of ancient Karia.

Ancient pottery from Muğla (by Hurriyet Daily News)
Ancient pottery from Muğla (by Hurriyet Daily News)

The discovery was made at a construction site. A marble tom was unearthed and partially damaged by the works. Excavations that were conducted at the site revealed he existence of a burial chamber. Its content proved to be intact and the archaeologists ware able to document a rich trove of artefacts. The archaeologists believe that the chamber belonged to an important family because of its fine craftsmanship, architectural structure and the findings. The tomb contained skeletons of four people and cremated remains of other six urns. Additionally a child’s tomb was discovered within the chamber. The experts documented 103 artefacts in total, dating back to Hellenistic and Roman periods, such as pottery, offering bowls, cosmetic tools and golden threads. The site is said to have been located in the vicinity of a holy road linking Mylasa and the ancient religious centre at Labraunda.

(after Hurriyet Daily News)

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