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2nd century sarcophagus discovered in NW Turkey

Turkish police looking to find a stolen truck in Bursa's Iznik district have discovered a Roman-era sarcophagus at an olive grove.

2nd century sarcophagus discovered in NW Turkey
The Roman-era sarcophagus was found in an olive grove in Turkey's
Iznik (Greek Nikaia) district [Credit: DHA]
According to reports, the incident took place when police saw an abandoned excavation at an olive grove in Hisardere district, five kilometers away from Iznik town center.

They informed the gendarmerie, who contacted Iznik Museum to inspect the site.

Archaeologists from the museum arrived and carefully started digging to reveal the sarcophagus, which is reportedly from the second century AD.

The marble sarcophagus, weighing some six tons, has two antefixes on both sides, each of which have five lion's heads.

Iznik Museum officials said that they will display the sarcophagus once it is completely removed from the ground.

Another sarcophagus was found near the same area 10 months ago but had been ransacked by treasure hunters.

Source: Daily Sabah [September 11, 2016]

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