Ancient rock tombs unveiled in eastern Turkey

By Ismail Sen

ELAZIG, Turkey (AA) – A team of archaeologists have unearthed rock tombs in eastern Turkey from the Urartu and Roman periods, a provincial mayor announced Thursday.

Five rock tombs dating back 3,000 years were discovered during an excavation project sponsored by the Elazig municipality in the ancient city of Harput, Elazig Mayor Mucahit Yanilmaz told Anadolu Agency.

The tombs are believed to have been built for the aristocratic elite and senior state officials of the time.

Yanilmaz also said Harput was on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.