3,500-year-old tombs discovered in Bodrum
ANSAmed, 5 August 2013
Ancient tombs thought to belong to the Mycenaean era of 3,500 years ago have been unearthed during an excavation being carried out by the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the Ortakent district of Bodrum, Turkish media reported on Friday. Speaking to the press, Professor Yusuf Boysal, the supervisor of the excavations, said his team so far has found the remains of several tombs, a canteen, a three-handled cup, a jug, a bronze razor, animals’ bones, many pieces of glass and beads with different shapes. In another set of recent discoveries, earlier last week archeologists working at the ancient city of Komana in the northern province of Tokat discovered tombs dating back to the 11th century. The three tombs found are thought to belong to a family – a man, woman and child – according to Emine Sokmen of Hitit University’s archaeology department. Last year, a 2,000-year-old bust of a king was discovered during excavations in the ancient city of Stratonikeia – where the largest gymnasium in Anatolia and a gladiator graveyard are located – in Mugla’s Yatagan district. The bust, which is one-and-a-half meters tall and nearly two meters wide, features depictions of bull heads and the figure of a goddess. A total of 725 historical artifacts were found at the site of the ancient city of Stratonikeia in 2012.