Burial chambers unearthed in Turkey’s İznik being looted - Sözcü

Burial chambers unearthed 15 years ago in northwestern Turkish town of Iznik (ancient Nicea) are being looted by treasure hunters, Sözcü newspaper reported on Saturday.

The burial chambers, dating back to 2,500 years, were found after a construction site was collapsed 15 years ago. 

“If urgent measures are not taken for burial chambers, those historical artefacts will be lost,” muralist Yalçın Öztürk, a resident of İznik, told Sözcü. 

Öztürk said that the historical hinges on the doors of the burial chambers were removed by some people. 

“Those artefacts from the Roman period should be protected and restored,” sculpture artist İlkay Altay said. 

Nicea was one of the most important urban centres in the near east throughout the Roman period.