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Treasure hunters dynamite Lycian rock-cut tomb in southern Turkey

Treasure hunters have reportedly dynamited the entrance of a 2,500-year-old rock-cut tomb, one of six such ancient sepulchres in the Elmalı district of the southern province of Antalya.

Treasure hunters dynamite Lycian rock-cut tomb in southern Turkey
Credit: Demirören News Agency

“Four of them are from the Lycian period, suggesting there was once a Lycian settlement in here in Armutlu”, said archaeologist Durmuş Altan, who is also the head of the provincial directorate of cultural and social affairs. 

"Unfortunately the current state of the rock tombs is not pleasant", he noted. "Abandoned to their fate, the rock tombs have been damaged and grafitti carved on them."

"Now treasure hunters have flattened the entrance of one of the tombs with explosives thinking they will find sculptures or gold there," the archaeologist added.

“These are cultural assets. We should be protecting them for the next generations instead of destroying them.” 

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [October 20, 2021]

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