Human bones have been found during the excavation of the foundations for the construction of the new Iller Bank building in Ulus, Ankara. The area was formerly the site of an Armenian Catholic cemetery according to cadastral archives.
Based on this, the Turkish Union of Architects called for a halt to construction work.
According to the director of the Ankara branch of the Chamber of Architects, the bones found during construction were handed over for examination to the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. According to him, official sources indicate that there used to be not only a cemetery but also a church and a bathhouse.
“Despite this, construction work is in full swing. This is disrespectful towards the multicultural construction of Anatolia. It is a violation of human rights and barbarism. Regardless of the religion and language of the people buried there, concreting their graves and constructing a building is an inhumane act, it is a crime,” the director said, demanding to stop the construction work immediately.