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Excavation work at the Tholos Mausoleum in the 2012 season has discovered that some items from the grave were stolen or damaged by ancient grave robbers. The theft was detected by Selçuk University, revealing that robbers existed even 1,800 years ago. Hürriyet photo

Excavation work at the Tholos Mausoleum in the 2012 season has discovered that some items from the grave were stolen or damaged by ancient grave robbers. The theft was detected by Selçuk University, revealing that robbers existed even 1,800 years ago. Hürriyet photo

Excavation has begun again after a five-year hiatus at the Tholos Mausoleum in the ancient city of Knidos, located in the modern town of Datça, Muğla province, revealing clues in a case of theft dating back 1,800 years.

Excavation work at the Tholos Mausoleum in the 2012 season has discovered that some items from the grave were stolen or damaged by ancient grave robbers. The theft was detected by archaeologists from Selçuk University, revealing that grave robbers existed even 1,800 years ago.

“We found that ancient robbers were quicker to rob graves than present-day ones. Grave robbers robbed the mausoleum 350 years after the burial of the first owners of the graves, in the 4th century B.C. We found a candle belonging to the grave robbers, which they dropped in their rush to escape. We believe they escaped in a hurry and dropped a 1-millimeter golden ornament from among the stolen valuables,” Dr. Ertekin Doksanaltı said.

The Dionysos Temple site consists of an entrance gate (propylon) and a columned gallery. The columns will be erected as part of ongoing substructure work in 2012. Some 70,000 domestic and foreign tourists have visited Knidos in the past two months, and landscaping at the site is still in progress.

“Some ornamented blocks from the site, including those that formed the structure of the stoa [portico], are being classified and prepared for future restoration,” Doksanaltı said.

Knidos was built partly on the mainland and partly on the Island of Triopion or Cape Krio. There is debate as to whether to classify it as an island or a cape, because in ancient times it was connected to the mainland by a causeway and bridge.

August/22/2012

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piron ilios

8/22/2012 6:50:24 PM

fellow greeks,do not forget that some things can be said while others no in every state in this world.Dont you know what pollitically correct is and how states impose it to their individuals?Nadiri instead of making graves to the uknown soldier[greek or turk] lets hear some good turkish musik[fulya ozlem band].peter no historian can write without influence[thukidides,macchiaveli,orwell,kundera]Cyprus is nice[konos beach]

Peter Kypros

8/22/2012 2:56:16 PM

I feel sorry for the Turkish Historians and archeologists as well as the reporters who have to either lie or hide the fact that these ruins were ancient Greek ruins. Greek civilization flourished in Minor Asia. Why it decayed and who destroyed it is another interesting topic for those historians who can write without any political infuence

Stefanos Kalogirou

8/22/2012 12:03:25 PM

the Turkish state and sadly the turkish press in general have a huge problem identifying anything to be Greek. The Greek presence in Anatolia must be erased! (they did a good job - millions were killed and persecuted methodically for many years) , only 3000 Rums left in Turkey today). The turkish foreign ministry site on Cyprus starts by declaring "Cyprus was never greek". How tough can be for a turkish Historian to have a worldwide recognition when he has to lie? (my comment is published?)

Vangelis Denaxas

8/22/2012 11:21:57 AM

As far as I can remember the city was part of the Dorian Exapolis, in other words part of a local federation of six cities found by the Dorians. Interesting article.

Nadiri Başaran

8/22/2012 11:05:30 AM

Peter, they are just grave robbers! There were peoples other than ancient Greeks.

Peter Lambson

8/22/2012 7:45:32 AM

Say it! Say "ancient Greek!"
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