Nov 27 2018

Roman tombs unearthed in Turkey's Antakya province

A series of ancient Roman tombs have been discovered in southeast Turkey's Hatay province, also known as Antakya, after the ancient city of Antioch, pro-government Daily Sabah reported on Tuesday. 

The 19 rock tombs have been cleaned and examined in the necropolis, providing a glimpse into thousands of years of human history and culture. "Lived and died shamelessly," reads one epitaph. "Keep the spirit," reads another, while a third offers the traditional "rest in peace."

A team of 30 workers and an archaeologist are working in the Altınözü district under the supervision of the Directorate of Hatay Archeology Museum, said the English-language news outlet. The excavations are part of a project by the district governorate and municipality to increase the number of tourists in the region.

Hatice Pamir, head of the archaeology department at Mustafa Kemal University, said that research on the area has been conducted since 2007. "The necropolis shares important data about the culture and traditions of that period," she added.

The ancient city of Antioch was established by one of Alexander the Great's generals in the fourth century B.C. Today the province is known for its Roman-era mosaics from the second and third centuries B.C.