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Roman-era mass grave unearthed in central Turkey

Sixty skeletons were found on Sunday in a mass grave reportedly dating back to Roman times in a field in Turkey's central Anatolian province of Kütahya by a farmer plowing the field with a mule.

Roman-era mass grave unearthed in central Turkey
A mass grave dating back to Roman times was discovered in a field in the 
Central Anatolian province of Kütahya [Credit: Cihan]
The remains, which were discovered near the village of Yağış in the Emet district of Kütahya, are thought to belong to people aged between 10 and 60 and to date back to Roman times.

Officials who came to the area to oversee the investigation told reporters that the site was located in difficult terrain and that the exhumation team had been forced to remove the bodies by hand due to the location.

The bones have reportedly been transported to Kütahya University's archeology department along with soil samples, and the final results of the investigation will reportedly be released in the upcoming days.

The mass grave is located on an ancient line of defense works and underground storage rooms dating back to Roman times.

Speaking to the press following his discovery, the farmer said he immediately called the gendarmerie and let them know that he had found a mass grave.

“I was plowing the field and I heard strange noises. When I dug I noticed that there were some kinds of skulls. I initially thought they might belong to animals but when I looked at them closely, I knew they were actually human skulls and bodies,” the farmer said.

Source: Todays Zaman [August 24, 2015]

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