The sarcophagus was found during excavation work back in March, after which, according to the Office of the Underwater and Archaeological Museum of Bodrum, the construction site was taken under protection. On April 3rd, the lid of the sarcophagus was opened with a crane. Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy also attended the opening of the lid of the tomb.
Inside were found the bones of a man and a woman, as well as a vase, bottle and jewelry. Many items have retained their original appearance. Culture Minister Nuri Ersoy, who was present at the autopsy, made a statement after examining the sarcophagus. “This place was discovered during excavations on March 8th. And today, for the first time with you, we opened the lid of the found sarcophagus. This place is about 2400 years old, the eastern part of the Necropolis of the 4th century BC. Halicarnassus, the burial remained buried. Inside there is a male and female skeleton of 2,400 years BC. ” The minister noted that the artifacts will be exhibited at the Bodrum Underwater Archaeological Museum for public viewing.
“This was good news ahead of the season,” added Mehmet Nuri Ersoy. “All artifacts located here will be transferred to our museum and will be exhibited there. Bodrum is about to enter the tourist season and the find was good news ahead of the season. Today we are engaged in underground work, we are building a sewage treatment plant and sewerage system in Bodrum. From the second week of April, we will close the excavation and start paving. Before the season starts, this region will be clean and fully prepared.