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Farmer discovers 2,000 year old terracota jar in Turkey's Malatya province


A 2,000-year-old terracotta jar from the Roman Period has been discovered by a farmer in Turkey's eastern Malatya (Greek Melitene) province, reports said Monday.

Farmer discovers 2,000 year-old terracota jar in Turkey's Malatya province
DHA Photo
The farmer in Doğanşehir district reportedly discovered the jar as he was watering his garden and immediately informed museum officials.

Teams from Malatya Museum Directorate arrived at the farm and launched excavations to take out the jar without damaging it.

Farmer discovers 2,000 year-old terracota jar in Turkey's Malatya province
DHA Photo
The jar is expected to be put under protection after its registration process is completed.

Museum director Levent İskenderoğlu told Doğan News Agency that the jar was made out of earthenware and was most likely used to store grain and foodstuff.

"The pithos [jar] is 135 centimeters in height and 92 centimeters in diameter," İskenderoğlu said, adding that it is the largest and most intact artifact of its kind discovered in the region.

Source: Daily Sabah [December 27, 2017]

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