Ancient sarcophagus found at construction site

An ancient sarcophagus, dating back 2000 years, has been unearthed at a construction site of a high school in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district.

The unearthed sarcophagus (by IHA Photo)

The sarcophagus dates back to the Roman Era. The site where it was found is close to or inside the ancient city of Khalkedon. There was a settlement in Khalkedon in seventh century B.C., when the ancient Byzantion was founded. The sarcophagus is without any writing or relief decoration. Archaeologists found bones inside and the lid was discovered in a different place. The sarcophagus and bones inside are expected to be transferred to a museum. The bones inside will be examined and undergo DNA tests, officials said.

Construction site (by IHA Photo)

(after IHA Photo, Hurriyet Daily News & Daily Sabah)

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