4th-century tombs unearthed near Turkey’s Black Sea coast

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Eight Roman-era sarcophagi, thought to date back to the fourth century, were unearthed in in the Fatsa area of ancient Kotyora (present-day Ordu) on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, west of Kerasounta, officials announced on Friday.

4th-century tombs unearthed near Turkey's Black Sea coast
Credit: DHA

The tombs were uncovered during the extension of the provincial road network in the Kurtuluş district of Ordu, with teams from the local museums directorate launching excavations for the artefacts’ urgent recovery.

4th-century tombs unearthed near Turkey's Black Sea coast
4th-century tombs unearthed near Turkey's Black Sea coast
Credit: DHA

Officials added that in addition to the many scattered human and animal remains, coins, glass bracelets, rings, belt buckles, intact glass bottles and clay pots were found during the excavations.

4th-century tombs unearthed near Turkey's Black Sea coast
4th-century tombs unearthed near Turkey's Black Sea coast
Credit: DHA

In one grave, a gold ring and a silver ring with a red agate stone on which the figure of the god Hermes was carved was found on the left finger of the deceased, as well as a glass bracelet, a glass bottle fragment, necklace beads and bronze pendant on the neck, and a bronze belt buckle on the abdomen.

The findings were taken to the Ordu Museum Directorate.

Source: Anadolu Agency [December 25, 2021]

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