Çanakçı rock tombs

Çanakçı rock tombs are a group of rock-carved tombs in Mersin Province, Turkey

Geography

Çanakçı tombs are at about 36°31′33″N 34°10′44″E / 36.52583°N 34.17889°E / 36.52583; 34.17889 a few hundred meters west of Kanlıdivane sink hole. The general altitude of the area is around 225 metres (738 ft).They are sculpted on rocks on the southern side of a road running parallel to Datça-Mersin highway and the Mediterranean coastline at an altitude a few meters above the level of the road. The distance to Kumkuyu town is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to Erdemli is 19 kilometres (12 mi) and to Mersin is 56 kilometres (35 mi).

The tombs

The tombs were carved in around 2nd century AD, during Roman Empire period. Each tomb has a rectangular opening. On some of the openings there are inscriptions which condemn potential tomb thieves .[1] Also on some tombs human figures are carved, unquestionably belonging to the bodies in the tombs. In two niches there are 3 human figures in each and in one niche there is one human figure.

References

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