A 1,700-year-old sarcophagus from the Roman period has been found on the outside wall of a house in Turkey.
The ornate marble stone from the 3rd century AD was found in the wall of a house constructed in 1958 in the district of Kula in the western Turkish city of Manisa.
The owner of the residence, Yusuf Demirtas, age not disclosed, recently passed away.
Not long after that, the provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate was notified that there is a historical artefact on the wall of the house.
An investigation on the unusual building began and a sarcophagus with intricate engravings of flowers, animals, and human figures was found on the bottom corner of the house.
The stone artefact featured a ram’s head, a bull’s head, and a male and female figure.
Officials stated that they have encountered similar situations in the region, especially in buildings older than 50 years.
Community leader Rahmi Gok, age not disclosed, said they had seen the sarcophagus on the wall before, but simply thought it was an ornate feature and were unaware of its historical importance.
Work has been initiated to dismantle and move the sarcophagus, estimated to belong to the 3rd century AD, to the Manisa Museum.
Museum officials will also examine other old buildings in the region.
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