A Turkish farmer was shocked to find a Roman-era mass grave under his field after his tractor hit a hole and a wheel dropped into the tunnel entrance.
Remzi Gurel called the police after realising the hole appeared to lead to an ancient structure. The authorities have since confirmed that it is a Roman-era mass grave filled with the bones of the dead from the time.
The incident happened on a field on the outskirts of the village of Ayan in the province of Tokat in Turkey’s Black Sea region.
Gurel, who was cutting the grass in his field, said he had to stop when a tractor wheel disappeared into a hole in the ground where he then he discovered the burial site.
The ancient Roman-era mass grave Remzi Gurel found in his field in the Turkish city of Tokat The ancient Roman-era mass grave Remzi Gurel found in his field in the Turkish city of Tokat
He told the news site Haberler that there was a tunnel around 7 to 8 metres long and just over a metre wide. He said he followed the tunnel and came to a tomb that contained around 30 to 40 skulls including those of children.
At that point, he had immediately called the police.
The area has now been cordoned off by archaeologists from the Tokat Museum Directorate who will study the surrounding area and try to reconstruct the circumstances that led to its creation.
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