In Elif, Hisar and Hasanoğlu villages in the border of the province of Araban, Gaziantep are three Roman monument graves. These monuments are thought to be built for high ranked military people or rich, noble executives of the region in Roman age since they are located in a junction of two very important roads that are paralel to Euphrates in military and trade meanings.
HİSAR MONUMENT GRAVE
10- -high- monument grave shows the 2nd-3rd centuries A.D. as shape and building technique. The grave built with smoothly cut-stone blocs is composed of three parts; grave room, platform with coloumn and roof. Rank coloumns raising on the grave room carries a pyramidal roof, in the middle of the roof is a coloumn head in the korinth order.
ELİF MONUMENT GRAVE
Grave structure going back to 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D., is built with cut-stones, a stem raising on a square platform, and a crossed vault roof covers this stem. Two sides of the stem are arched. There are semi-circle shaped arches are on the Korinth Coloumn headings. The heads of Medusa, mythologic creature which turns something to a stone by looking, surrounds between the platform and the stem, as mostly seen in Classical Period graves.
HASANOĞLU MONUMENT GRAVE
Hasanoğlu Monument Grave is built with cut-stone on a square planned platform. It’s understood from the beauty of south and west part rank coloumns and elegant architecture of archs standing on them that the monument is built with obedience the aesthetic rules and with great care. The history of this monument grave goes back to the beginnings of the 2nd century B.C. Its north and east walls are entirely and platform is partly collapsed.