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Looters unearth burial chamber in Turkey's west

An ancient Roman-era burial chamber has been unearthed by treasure hunters who dug a three-metre tunnel inside a shanty house in the western Turkish province of Kütahya.

Looters unearth burial chamber in Turkey's west

The suspects kept the earth from the tunnel in the shanty house in the Alipaşa neighbourhood.

After learning about an illegal excavation, the Kütahya Police Department for Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime began to observe the house.

The residents of the house were all detained in an operation, although police are still searching for two fugitives.

The suspects were released after giving testimony.

Excavation initiated by museum officials in the field unearthed the 2,000-year-old Roman-era chamber, which is believed to have belonged to an administrator. Archaeological works will continue in the area, said officials.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [April 02, 2016]

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