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Vaulted tombs uncovered in ancient city of Metropolis

Ancient vaulted tombs containing bones and various artifacts belonging to a noble family have been discovered during excavations in the ancient Greek city of Metropolis in Turkey's Izmir province, reports said Tuesday.

Vaulted tombs uncovered in ancient city of Metropolis
Aerial view of the ancient city of Metropolis, located in Izmir province [Credit: AA]
The discovery marks the first time mass burials are found in the ancient city, as only single tombs have been found in the ancient city so far.

Archaeologists have also discovered bronze mirrors, spoons, glass and ceramic tear bottles and lamps inside the graves, Anadolu Agency reported.

The lamps were reportedly buried with the dead person with the aim to "light up his/her way" in the afterlife.

Vaulted tombs uncovered in ancient city of Metropolis
Selection of grave goods found inside the tombs [Credit: AA]
Excavation leader Professor Serdar Aybek said that the burial chambers give important clues about cultural and social practices of the people who lived in Metropolis.

"The concept of family in Metropolis after the 1st century AD was based on strong foundations, and was well-regarded," Aybek said, adding that the fortresses indicate that the city played a key role in trade activities in the region.

The excavations, led in cooperation with the Sabanc─▒ Foundation have been completed, shedding light on mysteries regarding life, trade and social practices in Metropolis.

Over 11,000 artifacts have been unearthed from the ancient city during the excavations.

Source: Daily Sabah [January 02, 2018]


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