A 2,000-year-old Roman artefact has been found next to a dirt track in a rural Turkish village.
The stone artefact with Latin text etched into it was discovered in the rural area of Cicekli near the city of Iznik in the north-western Turkish region of Bursa.
The ancient artefact came to the attention of the local authorities when farmer Huseyin Saygin, 48, shared a picture of it online.
Saygin posted: “There is writing on a large rock in the neighbourhood. Which era does it belong to? What is written on it?”
The image reached officials of the Museum Directorate who launched an investigation into the stone.
According to national newspaper Yeni Haberden, officials from the Iznik Museum Directorate believe the stone is a 2,000-year-old artefact from the Roman period.
Neighbourhood head Hasan Yaksi told the newspaper Sabah that the monument has always been a symbol of the area.
Yaksi said: “This neighbourhood has used this stone for years. Wheat and corn were ground and milled on it. At that time, there was no mill here. I’ve heard that there are other stones like this one. We will exhibit them if we find them as well.”
Local resident Huseyin Isik said: “It has been here for years, but its place should be in a museum. Don’t let it stay on the streets, it is wasted here.”
Researchers are continuing to study the large stone. It is still unclear whether museum officials plan to exhibit it.
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