Ancient human remains discovered at Istanbul metro construction site

Human remains dating back to between 1200-800 BC have been unearthed by construction workers at the site of a new metro project connecting Istanbul’s Kabataş-Beşiktaş-Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey districts.

Overview of the site (by AA Photo photo)

Archaeologists working at the site in the Beşiktaş district have unearthed human bones and cremated remains from the Iron Age. As part of the funeral rite, the cremated remains were put in terracotta urns and buried. Three human skeletons were found at the site. They have been buried according to practices used by the people who migrated from the Black Sea region through Thrace. DNA tests will be carried out to find out more about the ethnicity of the people, and to properly identify the gender and age, as well as the diet of these people.

Bottom of a large storage vessel (by AA Photo photo)
Researchers at work (by AA Photo photo)

(after Daily Sabah & AA photo)

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