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Byzantine cemetery in Turkey repeatedly plundered

A Byzantine cemetery in Istanbul’s Çatalca district has been repeatedly plundered for years. Who knows what history has been lost as a result?

“Grave diggers have swarmed into the region when the excavation work in the cemetery came to an end in 1995 upon the order of the Archeology Museum. Unlicensed excavations take place inside the graves that were carved into stone, after [the looters] break the stone lids. History is being destroyed,” said Ahmet Rasim Yücel, the head of the Çatalca Culture and Tourism Association.

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Story: Hürriyet Daily News | Photo: Hürriyet Daily News

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