Marilyn Bridges Photography

Bin Tepe, 2004.

Bin Tepe, 2004. Tumuli or burial mounds of the Lydian royal cemetery dominate the plain of the Hermus River north of Sardis. The area is known as Bin Tepe (“thousand mounds”). The photograph shows Karniyarik Tepe, one of the largest mounds, about 700 feet wide and 160 feet high. Partial excavation in 1964 showed that the mound covers an earlier tumulus encircled by a masonry wall. The mound dates from the late 7th to mid 6th century BC and may have been the tomb of a Lydian prince.

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