2,200 year-old Paphlagonian burial chamber discovered in Turkey
Archaeologists in Turkey's northern Kastamonu province have discovered a 2,200-year-old ancient burial chamber belonging to the Paphlagonian era, the first of its kind found in the area.
Yıldırım noted that the excavations are being led by Kastamonu Museum Directorate.
"Each stone is uniquely different from each other" Yıldırım said, and continued by noting that the stones, which were lifted by cranes, weigh as much as between 800 kilograms to 8.5 tons.
Yıldırım noted that the burial chamber was damaged during excavations carried out by treasure hunters.
Fieldwork around the burial chamber has reportedly been completed and archaeologists will now carry out restoration work, landscaping, and exhibition projects to promote the region's history.
After the death of Alexander the Great, Paphlagonia was assigned, together with Cappadocia and Mysia, to the Macedonian King Eumenes. It was subsequently absorbed by the Kingdom of Pontus which controlled the greater part of Paphlagonia as early as the reign of Mithridates Ctistes (302–266 BC) until the fall of Mithridates VI (65 BC).
Author: Nurbanu Kizil | Source: Daily Sabah [November 18, 2016]