Photographer's Note

As I promised before here comes the TOMBS of Caunos/Dalyan.

One of the most beautiful features of the site are the rock tombs sculpted in the form of the porticoes of small Ionic temples.

These are among the most splendid examples of Lycian type funerary architecture in Turkey, although the builders were Carians.

The original occupants of the tombs are obscure but are assumed to have been Caunian noblemen and rulers; in most cases they were vacanted and reused in Roman times. The largest one is unfinished, providing a curious glimpse of the method of construction.

The prosperity of Caunos was threatened by the silting of the harbor after which the city was eventually abandoned. The Mediterranean, which once surrounded the hill on which archaeological site stands, has now retreated 5 km. to the south, pushed back by silt from the Dalyan Cayi. The marsh which formed appears to have already been a problem for the harbor activities in Strabon times.

The border between the sea and the internal marsh is a long narrow beach called "the Turtle’s Beach."

This beach is one of the few remaining locations in the Mediterranean sea that has the right conditions for the Giant Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta) to reproduce. The Giant Loggerhead Turtles have used this beach as a laying ground since time immemorial, especially in June.

The females lay their eggs by night in the soft sand, in clutches of about 100. Since the early 90's the beach is closed to the public from 8 pm to 8 am to protect them. The beach is open during the day but swimmers and sunbathers are asked to exercise special care.

This picture is 80% same as the Tombs lycien by Tabora, but, a little bit more sharp.

This is the second photo of my Caunos series which began with Caunos-01

Loation : Dalyan/Köyceğiz/Mugla/Turkey

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