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Ancient Roman sewer system discovered in SE Turkey

Officials said that successful results from excavations prove the historical value of the city in Diyarbakir province.
30.11.2020 - 15:20

An 1,800-year-old sewer system was discovered during archaeological excavations in Amida Tumulus, described as “heart of the old city”, in the historical Sur district in southeastern Turkey.


Excavations in the Amida Tumulus, which hosted many civilizations, including Urartians, Persians, Romans, Umayyads, Abbasids, Seljuks, Artuqids and Ottomans, were concluded this year.

During the excavations, a team of 22 experts, led by Professor Irfan Yildiz of Dicle University, under the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, discovered the 1800-year-old sewer system dating back to Roman times.

He noted in previous stages of this year's excavations, 1,800-year-old water conduits and 1,700-year-old burial chambers were also discovered.

“However, the level of technology we witnessed in the Roman sewer system is imposing," he added.