Illegal Dig Leads to Ancient King's Tomb

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Turkish forces apprehending smugglers of illegally obtained artifacts say they have found the previously undiscovered tomb of a fourth-century B.C. king.

Following illegal excavators they had been shadowing for seven months, security officers were led to an illegal dig near Milas where — after making arrests — they discovered the tomb of King Hekataios, Turkish news agency Cihan reported Thursday.


In a clandestine excavation being conducted by as many as eight smugglers, authorities found the tomb in the Milas Zeus Karous Holy Temple Area.

King Hekataios was the father of King Mausalos, whose tomb, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

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