In my fieldwork notes and analysis of the skulls' disappearance, I considered that,
I later concluded that, even if the Turkish military and/or Turkish Historical Society had not actively interfered with the material, but had allowed it to be destroyed passively (by villagers robbing the tomb of its human remains and grave goods and so on), thatall of the diagnostic bones from the top of the stack in the centre had gone; only a few long bones and one jaw fragment appeared to have remained.So, some diagnostic material has been removed.
If it were natural factors that had reburied or degraded "all" of the remains after the reopening of the tomb,
it[they] would have to have been exceptional conditions, to have covered the material on top without covering the material beneath that, or to have been such caustic rain, etc., to have decomposed the material on top entirely without leaving any identifiable wear or residue on the material beneath.
would have been sufficient to cause concern and to challenge the state's narrative: after all, if it were not a mass grave, why not protect it, excavate it and prove that it were not a mass grave?Elsewhere, I've collated sources on the story of the mass grave's destruction and examined the excuses given when it was covered up. The other annotated photographs are available here: 2a; 2b; 2c.