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Illegal excavation reveals an important discovery

MİLAS - Doğan News Agency | 8/8/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The Tourism and Culture Ministry has started a research investigation into an illegal excavation in Bodrum that revealed the large tombstone of King Hekataios.

The Tourism and Culture Ministry started a research investigation into an illegal excavation which took place in the Zeus Karios area in Milas, Bodrum. The illegal excavation revealed the large tomb stone of King Hekataios.

The tomb stone was made in 390 B.C. and it is said that the discovery is one of the most important archeological discovery in modern times.

Speaking after the research, Undersecretariat of Culture and Tourism Ministry Özgür Özarslan said: “The discovery revealed that the tomb stone belongs to Hekataios’s father Mausolos. Mausolos was the satrap of Karia.”

The tomb stone is thought to have been created some 2,400 years before. “However, currently, we need to work on the stone. It is damaged. We will analyze this event,” said Özarslan.

“Even with its damaged parts the tomb stone is one of the most important archeological discoveries of all times. It has a very rare and precious workmanship.”

“The tomb stone could be as precious as Great Alexander’s, which is exhibited at the Istanbul Archeology Museum,” said Özarslan, adding that the relic first had to be saved. “The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will deal with that issue,” he said.

“The tomb stone has a length of 2.75 meters and a width of 1.85 meters,” said Culture and Tourism Ministry Properties and Museums Managing Director Murat Süslü.

“The tomb stone is huge. However the most important thing about this discovery lies behind to whom it belongs,” he added.

The tomb stone belongs to Mausolos’s father and Mausolos’s tomb is already a wonder of the ancient world.

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