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[Web Wrap]: Urartian King’s Burial Chamber in Van Opened for First Time.

January 9, 2011

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VAN, Turkey (Anatolian News Agency)–The burial chambers of Urartian King Argishti I and his family in the western wing of an ancient castle in the eastern Turkish province of Van have been opened for the first time.

“The burial chamber is in the western part of Van castle and bears the workmanship of the highest quality. It is reached through a 24-step staircase,” said Rafet Çavuşoğlu, a professor at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s Archaeology Department.

King Argishti I was buried in a rock burial chamber called “Horhor Cave,” said the professor, who specially opened the doors to the graves to Anatolia news agency.

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