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Ancient Roman sewer system discovered in SE Turkey

1,800-year-old sewer system reveals advanced technology of the time, Turkish archaeologists say

Omer Yasin Ergin   | 30.11.2020
Ancient Roman sewer system discovered in SE Turkey


An 1,800-year-old sewer system was discovered during archaeological excavations in Amida Tumulus, described as the “heart of the old city”, in the historical Sur district in southeastern Turkey.

Excavations in the Amida Tumulus, which hosted many civilizations, including Urartians, Persians, Romans, Umayyads, Abbasids, Seljuks, Artuqids, and Ottomans, were concluded this year.

During the excavations, a team of 22 experts, led by Professor Irfan Yildiz of Dicle University, under the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, discovered the 1800-year-old sewer system dating back to Roman times.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Yildiz said successful results from excavations prove the historical value of the city in Diyarbakir province.

He noted in previous stages of this year's excavations, 1,800-year-old water conduits and 1,700-year-old burial chambers were also discovered.

“However, the level of technology we witnessed in the Roman sewer system is imposing," he added.

*Writing by Ahmet Gencturk​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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