Anthropological Investigation at Mimar Sinan’s Tomb
Keywords: Sinan the Architect, Afet İnan, Aziz Şevket Kansu, Hasan Cemil Çambel, Tomb, Anthropology
Having served for four sultans, Yavuz Sultan Selim, Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, Selim II and Murat III in 16th century Sinan the Architect's tomb located at İstanbul Suleymaniye Complex was opened in 1935 for anthropological investigation reason, and this incident has took its place among the daily newspapers. As a result of the excavation led by Hasan Cemil Çambel, Aziz Şevket Kansu and Afet İnan in the name of Turkish History Scrutiny Society (today Turkish Historical Society), the skull of Sinan the Architect was brought to day light. It was noted that the skull was going to be placed to an anthropological museum which was going to be built later; unfortunately not only such a museum wasn't built but also the skull was lost. With this article, the process mentioned above about opening the tomb of Sinan the Architect, the examinations held over the skull after the digging of the tomb, and events happened during these are handled in the light of newspaper reports and articles of the period.