Cyprus Mail

Karpas skull identified as Ottoman

A skull found on Monday in an area called Elisi, between Ayios Symeon and Korovia on the Karpas peninsula in the north, is thought to belong to an Ottoman Muslim, the daily Kibris newspaper reported.

Turkish Cypriot authorities and archaeologists from the Missing Persons Committee went to the area to investigate the skull, found lying in a hole on an embankment.

The authorities suspected the skull might be an indication of a nearby mass grave, but it was suggested that an old cemetery was located in the area.

Meyrem Yardimsever, the only resident of the area for the last 55 years, said there had been rumours for a long time that a cemetery was present there.

After a day’s search, authorities concluded that there is a Muslim cemetery dating back to the Ottoman era in the area where the skull was found.

The Vakf Islamic religious organisation said the area will be fenced and the skull reburied.

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