2,000-Year-Old Sarcophagus  Uncovered in Istanbul


Hurriyet Daily News reports that human bones and a sarcophagus were uncovered in the Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul during a construction project. 

Two archaeologists and an anthropologist from the Istanbul Archaeological Museums Directorate examined the site and removed the human remains. They also determined that the nearly 2,000-year-old tomb dated to the Roman period.

The sarcophagus was later lifted out of the site with a crane, after which it was taken to the Istanbul Archaeological Museums Directorate.

Istanbul has been part of history's three most powerful empires-Rome, Byzantine, and Ottoman-and has been the central hub for these various cultures. Ancient temples, churches, palaces, and baths have been located among the city as a result.