Urn pots inside the sarcophagus found during foundation excavation in Turkey

Urn pots were found inside the sarcophagus found during the foundation excavation

Urn pots were found inside the sarcophagus found during the foundation excavation

During the excavation of a building foundation, workers found an ancient sarcophagus.

The sarcophagus was unearthed in the Dinar district of Afyonkarahisar province in western Turkey.

Thanks to the attention of the ladle operator, 3 pots were found inside the sarcophagus, which was unharmed.

It is thought that the pots was used to preserve the ashes of the dead after cremation.

Experts are working to determine the exact dating of the sarcophagus and the purpose for which the pottery was used.


It is a common form of burial in ancient civilizations. These are the pots in which the ashes of the dead are placed.

Urn tombs are mostly made of bronze or terracotta.

They are placed in niches opened on the walls of rock tombs or chamber tombs, as well as in structures called “columbarium” in Rome.


Dinar has a history dating back to 1200 BC.

In ancient times, Kelenia was called Apameia (Apameia Kibitos) during the Hellenes, Deer during the Ottomans, and Dinar after 1912.

Due to its strategic location, Hittites, Phrygians and Persians took center stage.

Excavations of the ancient city of Apameia in Dinar

Kelenia (Dinar) City, which was established at the junction of an important trade route, is frequently mentioned in ancient sources.

During the Hellenistic period, new buildings were built and the city was renovated and became known as Apameia.

According to the famous historian Strabo; During the Roman period, Apameia was the most important shopping and administrative center of the Asian state after Ephesus.

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