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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Sea surrenders pristine Roman sarcophagus
A Turkish press report describes the sarcophagus discovery
Diving school trainer Hakan Gulec came across more than
fish and flotsam during a recent trip to the bottom of the ocean near
Antalya off the coast of southern Turkey. An object protruding through
the sand on the sea bed caught Gulec's attention, prompting the intrepid
explorer to dislodge and photograph the mystery find. According to
Hürriyet Daily News, he then showed his images to officials at Alanya
museum who were taken aback by the discovery: a striking, well-preserved
sarcophagus adorned with Medusa heads, cupids holding up garlands and
dancing women at the corners.