Excavations reveal Phrygian monument in western Turkey

During the 40-day rescue excavations in the historic Phrygian Valley in the Ihsaniye district of the western province of Afyonkarahisar, a 10-meter-high monument with Phrygian scriptures was discovered. The Maltaş monument, which is actually a temple facade with a triangular roof and a niche to his evil, has been unearthed.

While part of the 3-meter-long monument is visible above ground, experts have managed to reveal 7 meters of the monument, which dates back to the 7th century BC, during recent excavations.

Archaeologists work in the area of ​​the Maltaş monument, Phrygian valley, Afyonkarahisar, western Turkey, August 7, 2021. (Photo AA)

Afyonkarahisar Governor Gökmen Çiçek told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the Maltaş monument is one of the greatest works of Phrygia. Describing the monument as an “incredible structure,” Çiçek said: “Malta was built 3,000 years ago and is still intact today. Only a certain part of this structure was above the ground. When we reached its underground section during our rescue digs, we came across a huge artifact.

Noting that they are still trying to figure out what the newly discovered niche inside the monument is, the governor added that scientists have recently been working on this part.

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