A stone artifact discovered in Turkey’s central Konya province last month was identified as a relief of Biblical figure Daniel.

The artifact – unearthed during the construction of a house in Konya’s Doganhisar district in November – is currently on display in Aksehir Museum, where it has attracted great attention due to its rarity.

Ilker Mete Mimiroglu, an arts professor at Konya’s Necmettin Erbakan University, said that the “important and rare” relief dates back to fifth century A.D., right before the birth of Islam.

“This artifact was made by the Christians to remember the prophets before their era,” Mimiroglu said, adding: “We continue our work to determine where this artifact was used.”

“The figure includes a cross motif in the form of a ship’s anchor. Perhaps it relates to fishing in the district,” he said.

Mimiroglu said the Daniel stone is from the same era as a rare gravestone depicting the story of the Prophet Jonah being swallowed by the giant fish, which is now on display in the Konya Archeology Museum in Beysehir.

He said the Jonah stone is “one of the most important artifacts of that period,” adding that these artifacts are “especially important for the Christian world.”

Source:  Daily Sabah

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