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Byzantine sarcophagus seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey


Twelve treasure hunters have been detained in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir after attempting to sell an ancient tomb with cross motif for $4 million. 

Byzantine sarcophagus seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey

Teams from the provincial Gendarmerie Command Department of the Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Bureau made the arrests after posing as buyers.

After the arrest, the tomb was unearthed from a six-meter-long and four-meter-deep tunnel with the help of municipal workers. It was then handed over for expert inspection.

Byzantine sarcophagus seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey

A human skeleton was found in the Byzantine-era tomb, which will now be taken to the Eti Archaeology Museum.

Two of the suspects were released pending investigation after their interrogation, while 10 were sent to the court.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [May 26, 2107]
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