Municipality workers have discovered a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus which contained a female skeleton during roadworks in Corum province.

After informing Corum museum, the site was visited by experts who then transferred the sarcophagus to the museum after an initial examination.

Also found inside the sarcophagus were pieces of glass and a terracotta perfume bottle which are indicative of burial gifts.

Sumeyra Sengul, Provincial Head of Culture and Tourism Office stated that the sarcophagus belonged to the Roman era and that “when we opened the cover of the sarcophagus we saw a female skeleton. It is estimated that it belonged to an old woman”.

Another soil grave has been located in the area which may lead to more irregular burial sites from the Roman era waiting to be discovered.

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