Rock tombs of Romans and Osroene Kingdom found

Surface survey and cleaning works at the ancient site of Kızılkoyun, located at the outskirts of a historic Balıklıgöl castle in Haleplibahçe district, Şanlıurfa province of Turkey, revealed 33 inns with rock tombs and five mosaics.

Rock tombs from Kızılkoyun (by DHA photo)

The newly found rock tombs are dated to the Roman times and the period of the Kingdom of Edessa, also known as Osroene, a Roman province between 244–608 AD. Researchers state that 61 inns were found in Kızılkoyun, while 72 more have been found near the castle. The rock tombs depict various motifs and figures, among which are humans, flowers and snakes.

(after Hurriyet Daily News & DHA photo)

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