Excavations reveal Phrygian monument in western Turkey

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During the rescue excavation carried out over 40 days in the historical Phrygian Valley in the Ihsaniye district of western Afyonkarahisar (Greek Akroinοn) province, a 10-metre-high monument featuring Phrygian writings was discovered. The Maltas monument, which is actually a temple facade with a triangular roof and a niche at its bad, was unearthed.

Excavations reveal Phrygian monument in western Turkey
A general view from the Maltas monument, Phrygian Valley, Afyonkarahisar, western Turkey
[Credit: Anadolou Agency]

While a 3-metre-long part of the monument is visible above ground, experts managed to reveal 7 metres of the monument, which dates back to 7th century BC, in recent excavations.




Afyonkarahisar Governor Gokmen Cicek told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the Maltas monument is one of the greatest works of Phrygia. Describing the monument as an “incredible structure,” Cicek said: “Maltas was built 3,000 years ago and is still standing intact today. Only a certain part of this structure was above ground. When we reached its underground section during our rescue excavation, we came across an enormous artifact.”

Excavations reveal Phrygian monument in western Turkey
A general view from the Maltas monument, Phrygian Valley, Afyonkarahisar, western Turkey
[Credit: Anadolou Agency]

Noting that they are still trying to figure out what the newly uncovered niche inside the monument is, the governor added that scientists have been working on this part recently.

Source: Anadolu Agency [August 09, 2021]

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