Ancient tombs discovered at Soli

Archaeologists have discovered a 2,400 year-old tomb complex, believed to belong to an aristocratic family in the ancient city of Soli.

The tomb complex consists of three chambers, two of which are intact, but the third has been looted. Human remains, jewellery including a perfectly preserved crown, weapons and 16 ceremonial pots were found in the undamaged chambers.

Archaeologist Hazar Kaba, who has been working in the tomb complex for his doctorate at Ankara University, said that the objects found in the ancient city of Soli show the commerce activities between Soli and ancient Athens. Kaba noted that some jewellery and pots bear Persian designs.

It is said that the golden crown is similar to the crowns laid in the tombs of aristocrat Macedonians, while some pots have the same characteristics with pots from Ionia, today’s western Anatolia.

The human remains, which have been found in one chamber, belong to a man, a woman and a small girl. The remains in the second chamber belong to a woman and a small girl. Experts are carrying out DNA tests to find out the relationship between the people buried there.


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