Skip to comments.A massive grave site thousands of years old was discovered at the Monastery of St. Barnabas
Posted on 07/26/2005 5:17:01 PM PDT by blam
A massive grave site thousands of years old was discovered at the Monastery of St. Barnabas in the occupied areas of Cyprus
Turkish Cypriot daily CYPRUS TIMES newspaper (24.07.05) reports that a major archaeological discovery was made recently at the Monastery of St. Barnabas, after the wheel of a tourist bus disappeared into a hole revealing an underground chamber. The so-called authorities of the Antiquities and Museums Department at occupied Famagusta, headed by Mr Hasan Tekel, were informed and a subsequent investigation, in the form of a dig has uncovered a massive grave site thousands of years old covering Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods.
A team of archaeologists have unearthed a limestone grave site with steps leading to interconnecting chambers, to which the Romans added more tombs at a later time making this site very rich discovery.
Many items found include amphorae, gold and bronze jewellery, beads, tear-shaped perfume bottles and vases, oil lamps, a fine terracotta statue of a veiled virtuous woman, and many pottery items including one large bowl still containing the remains of a meal left for the deceased to eat in the afterlife.
Mr Tekel said that excavations of this multi-period historical grave site will continue for many years to come due to the sheer size of the project, thus adding to the already rich historical past of the St. Barnabas Monastery complex.
I'm beginning to wonder if we shouldn't start a history division of the GGG list?What do you think?
They do not say how recently this discovery occurred? It seems like some extensive work has been done.
The site will be pillaged and sold to the highest bidder. Turkish "authorities" in occupied Cyprus have no business being there at all.
Objective reporting at its finest!
This person should be writing for the New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News or, at least, Pravda!
**Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods.**
Wow! What a find!
I think I'm going to always put "so-called" in front of the word "authorities" from now on too.
I like the way it sounds.
I love this stuff...and I will always hate my history teachers for making everything sound so boring.
If you make a History ping list, please add me.
I wanna be buried there!
But not yet.
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On Cyprus? I musta missed somethin'.
Yes, thanks. Enjoyed this article. Famagusta is a lovely place and not often in the news.
Even though you do the work, so my vote shouldn't really count (Do I know how to suck- up, what? :) ) I have to agree with you. I have too many diverse interests to want to see a fractionation of the list; and where would it stop?
I know; I would get pings for each fraction, BUT, I would not have the convenience of knowing that I would not miss a ping to an interesting article, because I had neglected to sign up with the proper sub-list.
That sums it up nicely.
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