Turkey’s official took a twisting route through Izmir’s streets and alleyways in order to find a hole. But it wasn’t just any hole in the ground.
They found themselves in the living room of an older home, which is more than 2,700 years old.
It belonged to a wealthy family in the early Roman period. Many architectural details are slowly being discovered from the site.
Reportedly, the digs have not been authorized, and police say they’ve detained three suspects who were trying to excavate the ancient habitation.
There are many interesting architectural discoveries in Izmir. These include an almost 2,000-year-old amphitheater as well as a communal latrine that was once believed to have been used by actors.
The discovery of a settlement that dates back to 2000 BC shows the importance of the area as a trading center during the Bronze Age.
Remarkably, 2,500-year-old mourning masques from Ionian women were recently discovered. They were used to express their grief at the loss of their warrior husbands.
Izmir is continuing to produce treasures from its distant past as the archaeological work continues.