OF THE MASS-GRAVE IN IGDIR - OBA VILLAGE
Prof. Dr. Enver Konukcu is the first person
who discovered that there were mass-graves which belonged
to the Turks massacred by the Armenians in Oba Village of
Igdir. This information was supported by the documents of
archive. On March 1st 1986, in the excavation of the mass-grave,
findings verifying the historical documents were obtained
and the massacre of "Tandir Dami" told by Sakine
Aksu who was one of the living eyewitnesses became even clearer.
At the excavation, the first hole of 6x8
meters was started in the inner part of the northern door
and a closed "iron lock" was found. The second hole
was dug in the central part of the room and approximately
90 human skeletons were found under an earth layer of one
The stone base (floor) in the south of the
Tandir which was situated in the middle of the room must have
belonged to the only wooden post which had supported the earth-covered
roof and the burnt pieces of that column were also found.
By combining these findings with the statement
of the eyewitness, it is realised that the " Tandir Dami"
massacre occured as follows: most of the unarmed civil people
from Oba Village were gathered by force and subjected to torture
and then they had been laid as face down and locked them in
the room, and opened fire at them. And then the Armenian guerrillas
set the "Tandir Dami" on fire by pouring kerosene
into the chimney and the earth roof collapsed after burning
of the wooden column. During the excavation, melted iron pieces,
burnt wooden pieces, pieces of glass, bullets and skeletons
and pieces of clothes were found. Thick burnt layer and ash
layer on the wall and floor of the house showed that other
evidences and proofs had been disappeared with the fire.
Prof. Dr. Cevat