Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Kuru building 2d: this photograph again shows the few remaining bones, but its most important feature is an absent presence - dozens of skulls are missing, which the Turkish Historical Society claimed was caused by natural conditions, like rain, when it was the result of deliberate, human intervention.

In my fieldwork notes and analysis of the skulls' disappearance, I considered that,
all 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.

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.
So, some diagnostic material has been removed.
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), that
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.

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