Roman sarcophagus found in Istanbul

Roman sarcophagus found in Istanbul

During construction work on a secondary school, workers found a 2,000-year-old Roman-era sarcophagus seniority in Istanbul, Turkey, reported the Habertürk newspaper.

Officials from the Istanbul Archeology Museum Directorate who came to the scene, they found human bones inside After analyzing the area, finding the lid of the sarcophagus in a different place.

In turn, the authorities reported that shortly archaeological excavations could begin at the site, paralyzing the works. Meanwhile, the remains found such as the sarcophagus will be transferred to the museum.

There, they will be examined and analyzed with DNA tests, in order to be able to find more information about the residents of Kadiköy, the area where the discovery was made and which is now a 2,000-year-old cultural hotspot in Istanbul.

Regarding the findings, the archaeologist Murar Sav explained that «this area and its surroundings are near or within the ancient city of Chalcedon (Khalkedon). There was a settlement here in the 7th century BC, when the Greek city of Byzantium was founded. It is also believed that there was an old port here«.

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