A new inscription grave was found during the excavations in the ancient city of Perre, one of the 5 major cities of the Commagene Civilisationin Türkiye's Adiyaman. The code of the inscription on the grave, which attracts attention for being the largest inscribed grave chamber to date, has been deciphered.
An exciting discovery was made in the excavation and cleaning works continuing in an area of about 10 decares in the ancient city of Perre. During the excavations carried out in the west of the entrance section of the ancient city, a burial chamber for 18 people consisting of 3 sections (niches) was found.
It was determined that the grave chamber was different from the others both in size and the inscription on the doorway. The inscription on the door of the burial chamber, which is approximately 30 square meters, states that the grave belongs to an important person named 'Hilan'.
"This year, we found an important chamber tomb during excavations in an area of approximately 10 decades. This chamber tomb is different from the others in that it is a chamber tomb belonging to approximately 18 individuals, and there are 6 graves in 3 niches in this tomb. It is the largest chamber tomb we have found so far in the ancient city of Perre. Just at the entrance of the door, there is a door stone and on the top, it is written that someone named 'Hilan' is buried here. Of course, this chamber tomb was built in the 1st century BC, but in the late phase, that is, in the 5th century, someone named 'Hilan' was buried here. We came to the conclusion that the other letters are the initials of other people buried here. For this reason, the appearance of an inscription on the door for the first time makes this tomb, this chamber tomb important," Adiyaman Museum Director Mehmet Alkan noted.
Source: Ihlas News Agency