Raiders plundering Byzantine treasures

31 Jan 2012 1:23 PM | Anonymous

Raiders plundering Byzantine treasures

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News

Unlicensed excavations take place inside the graves in Çatalca district.

Unlicensed excavations take place inside the graves in Çatalca district.

Treasure hunters and looters have been plundering a Byzantine cemetery and the İnceğiz caves in Istanbul’s Çatalca district for many years, despite the area’s recognition as a protected archeological site of the first degree.

“Grave diggers have swarmed into the region when the excavation work in the cemetery came to an end in 1995 upon the order of the Archeology Museum. Unlicensed excavations take place inside the graves that were carved into stone, after [the looters] break the stone lids. History is being destroyed,” said Ahmet Rasim Yücel, the head of the Çatalca Culture and Tourism Association

 

 

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