Turkey police seize 415 smuggled historical artifacts in Istanbul: Report

Istanbul: Turkish police seized 415 smuggled historical artifacts in the country's biggest city of Istanbul, and detained six suspects, according to a report.

The report states that Istanbul's anti-smuggling units recently received a tip-off that many historical artifacts were illegally collected and would be sold to various museums. Following the technical and physical follow-up and intelligence studies, the units have launched operations in four addresses across the city and detained the suspected smugglers, it said.

The seized artifacts’ included pieces of historical coins from the Ottoman, Seljuk, and Byzantine periods; and some bronze figures in various sizes, statuettes describing ancient sports activities such as wrestling and discus throwing.

Additionally, an eagle statue embroidered on a bull's head symbolizing Zeus, some bronze kitchen utensils, and several spearheads were also found during the searches conducted at the addresses.

The news report noted that the seized artifacts will be delivered to museums in Istanbul.

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