Ancient rock tombs unveiled in eastern Turkey
3,000-year old rock tombs in eastern province of Elazig date back to Urartu, Roman periods
By Ismail Sen
A team of archaeologists have unearthed rock tombs in eastern Turkey from the Urartu and Roman periods, a provincial mayor announced Thursday.
Five rock tombs dating back 3,000 years were discovered during an excavation project sponsored by the Elazig municipality in the ancient city of Harput, Elazig Mayor Mucahit Yanilmaz told Anadolu Agency.
The tombs are believed to have been built for the aristocratic elite and senior state officials of the time.
Yanilmaz also said Harput was on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.