2,300-year-old tomb found covered in concrete in Turkish Black Sea region

Visitors to a 2,300-year-old burial mound in Turkey’s northern province of Samsun were shocked to find the historic landmark covered in concrete, secularist daily Sözcü’s İsmail Akduman reported on Sunday.

The stone two-room Tumulus burial mound, dating back to the Hellenistic period in 330 B.C. – 30 B.C., was discovered in the Kızılırmak Delta near the Black Sea in 1974.

In 2016, Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry announced plans to incorporate the area’s 57 burial mounds and other discoveries dating back to 5,000 B.C. in an archaeological park.

Yet this has not saved the tomb, which is believed to have been built for a king or military commander, from being encased in concrete.

“I don’t know why it was done, but the tomb has been covered in concrete. The window areas have been closed up with wire fencing,” Sözcü quoted Mehmet Sökmen, who uploaded video of the tomb on his YouTube account, as saying.

A previous video uploaded by Sökmen in 2015 showed the burial mound’s two chambers open and visible to visitors. The new images show that the chambers have been sealed with concrete.

“They’ve poured concrete all over history. I feel saddened as a citizen of the Republic of Turkey. Sadly, that’s the value given to history,” he said.

Sözcü did not report who was responsible for pouring concrete on the tomb.

A string of botched restoration projects throughout Turkey has drawn public outrage in recent years.