An ancient city of bones is up for grabs
Ancient ruins in a Turkish town are being auctioned off to raise funds for an archaeological project.
An ancient city known as Al-Guruk in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir, once housed a thriving marketplace for people from the Byzantine Empire.
The city is now under the care of the Diyarbey Archaeological Museum.
An auction for the ruins of the city will take place at the end of June in the Turkish town of Gazi, located on the border between Syria and Iraq.
The city was built between 890 and 1060 by a Greek prince named Oleg.
He built the city’s fortress and the famous gates that guarded the gates of the Byzantine fortress.
He also constructed the ancient harbor known as Taurus in the town.
Archaeologists found evidence of looting during the Ottoman Empire’s reign.
The area around the fortress, the ruins, and the harbor was destroyed during the Great Caliphate.
Today, the city is mostly used as a tourist destination, with the city being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ancient city’s ruins were excavated by the Turkish Archaeological Foundation between 2011 and 2014.