Experts in Turkey find the slab of a mysterious 1,400-year-old sarcophagus

The mysterious stone slab—believed to be around 1,400 years old—was found during repairs to the power grid in the Turkish village of Sadak, in the province of Gümüşhane.

Workers in the north of Turkey have discovered an ancient slab of a sarcophagus with a prayer to the dead inscribed on its surface.

The stone slab, which has a length of 2 meters, offers very few clues as to who it belonged to, although experts believe it dates back to the seventh century AD. Usually, the region where the stone slab was found is not notorious for yielding such discoveries.

An inscription in Greek letters on the slab blesses a person called Kandes, according to reports.

Detail of the inscription on the 1,400-year-old stone slab. Image Credit

According to the Anadolu agency, the 1,400-year-old stone slab was found by workers who were performing repairs to the power grid in the Turkish village of Sadak, in the province of Gümüşhane.

The area is listed on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as a place of historical importance.

More known for its use in the ancient funeral rituals of Egypt, Rome, and Greece, sarcophagi are a type of coffin whose decoration often reflects the status of the person whose remains it contains. In this sense, the most famous sarcophagus is that of the “child pharaoh” Tutankhamun, whose coffin is made up of four layers of solid gold.

Local sources report that the way in which the stone slab was found will be investigated, as it was severely damaged during its extraction.

Gamze Demir, director of the Gümüşhane museum, said that it is strictly forbidden to perform excavations in the area without the knowledge of the museum, reports Haberler.

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