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Turkey: Roman-era artifact recovered, suspect arrested

Funerary stele believed to be 2,000 years old seized in Balikesir province, says governorate

Mirac Kaya   | 25.02.2021
Turkey: Roman-era artifact recovered, suspect arrested


A suspect was arrested and a funerary stele dating back to the Roman period was recovered in northwestern Turkey, authorities said on Thursday.

The residence of a suspect involved in smuggling of historical artifacts was raided in Balikesir province’s Altieylul town, the provincial governorate said in a statement.

A funerary stele, believed to be nearly 2,000 years old and worth 1 million liras ($139,000), was found in the operation, the statement said.

Procedures have started against the arrested suspect for deliberately causing damage to assets of cultural value, it added.

* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara

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