The study area is located in eastern Ilgin, Konya Turkey. The purpose of this study is to characterize the major and trace element contents in the coaly units in northern Ilgin (Konya Turkey). Pliocene Dursunlu Formation is characterized by sandstone, siltstone, marl, mudstone and coal in the region. Lignite layers, where coals are found, have a varying thickness between 100 and 300 m. Dursunlu Formation coal samples have high contents of trace elements. Ti is the major element and Cs, Rb, Ta, Th, As, Nb, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm are the trace elements found to be enriched with respect to world coal. Remainder elements are either lower or equal to the average values of elements in coaly units of Dursunlu Formation. Among the trace elements considered to pose a threat to the environment and human health, following values were determined: average As 133.2 ppm, Th 12.1 ppm. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.