Drawings of the Maltese Cross belonging to the Eastern Roman Period found in Adıyaman
In the cave of Adıyaman, a red signs of Maltese cross was found. It is estimated that the drawings belong to the Eastern Roman period.
In the entrance of the cave located on the borders of Küllüce village of Gerger district of Adiyaman, two Maltese crosses were found. In addition to these drawings made with red paint, two footprints and one offering pit were also found. The cave is thought to be a place of worship for the Christians in that period.
According to the news reported by Hurriyet, Adiyaman Museum Deputy Director Mehmet Alkan, after examining the cave said: “This cave is natural and made of limestone. In the north entrance of the cave, there are two Maltese crosses and a decoration of net. These Maltese crosses are thought to belong to the Eastern Roman Period. Based on the Maltese crosses, it is thought that this area was used as the place where the Christians were performing their rituals. There are also offering pits in the inside.”
The residents of Adıyaman stated that there are many caves in their cities, but they witnessed such drawings for the first time.