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Over 70 historical artifacts seized in Turkiye

Over 70 historical artifacts seized in Turkiye
Objects include Virgin Mary statue and bronze coins, says governor's office

By Ibrahim Aktas and Kadir Yildiz

KOCAELI, Turkiye (AA) – Gendarmerie forces seized over 70 historical objects in an operation in northwestern Kocaeli province, the governor's office said.

A total of 77 bronze coins and a Virgin Mary statue, believed to be from Hellenistic and Greek periods, were found in a vehicle stopped in the Korfez district. A judicial investigation was launched against two suspects.

Modern day Turkiye has been home to many ancient civilizations, and hence, is rich in relics. This has attracted smugglers who often plunder tombs and other archeological sites.

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