Hellenistic sarcophagus unearthed in Turkey

Hellenistic sarcophagus unearthed in Turkey

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A 2,200-year-old Hellenistic sarcophagus It has been found in the Gemelik district of Turkey, northwest of Bursa province during a routine construction excavation. It contained inside bones, a gold crown and vases.

A construction company was digging for the foundation of a building in Gemelik when they found the sarcophagus. The owners of the construction company notified the authorities of the Bursa Museum and a team of archaeologists was sent to the site.

The researchers commented that the sarcophagus is 2,200 years old and belongs to the time of the kingdom of Bithynia. Excavations are now continuing in the area.

Three sarcophagi belonging to the Hellenistic period were discovered at Gemelik during a similar construction project in 2010.

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