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Ancient mound in Turkey plundered by treasure hunters


Treasure hunters digging illegally with the dream of finding gold and historical artifacts have plundered Pılır Mound, located in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas and known as the only example of the “lake house” type of settlement in Turkey.


Ancient mound in Turkey plundered by treasure hunters
Credit: IHA



The ancient settlement, a kilometer away from the province’s Hafik district, became the focus of attention of researchers after it was declared a protected area following the influx of treasure hunters.


Ancient mound in Turkey plundered by treasure hunters
Credit: IHA

The first remains of the lake houses in the mound, which are believed to date back to the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Ages, came to light during the archaeological excavations carried out in 1944.


Ancient mound in Turkey plundered by treasure hunters
Credit: IHA



Referring to the rumours that there was a treasure under the mound, a local official said, “The settlement was excavated over time, and it was declared a protected area after something was found.”


Ancient mound in Turkey plundered by treasure hunters
Credit: IHA


“It is currently riddled with holes, but no one can touch it as the area surrounding the lake is completely protected,” Çuhadaroğlu said.


Source: Hurriyet Daily News [December 18, 2021]



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