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Roman Castle Unearthed in Turkey

Thursday, September 12, 2013

SIIRT, TURKEY—Archaeologists digging ahead of the Ilisu Dam in southeastern Turkey have unearthed bronze items, pots, pans, beads, pins, and silver artwork at the site of a Roman castle dating to the fourth century A.D. According to Haluk Sağlamtimur of Ege University, the castle is the last of the Roman Empire in the east. A set of game stones was also found during the rescue operation. “We think that it might be the father of chess or a war game in ancient times,” said Sağlamtimur.