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U.S. returns smuggled historic relics to Turkey

Among the items recovered are 12 coins, the idol of Kiria 6,000 years ago, the idol of the Neolithic Mother Goddess, and the Rhyton of the Stags Head.

The recovered relics will be exhibited at a museum in Turkey. (AA)

Twenty-eight Turkish cultural relics confiscated in the United States were handed over to the Consul General of Turkeyye in New York.

Seized historical relics are back in Turkey, including 16 from the antique art collection of US billionaire Michael Steinhart.

During the delivery ceremony at the Torkebi Center on Friday, historic relics were received by the Turkish Consul General of New York, Reyhan Osgur, from the US Department of Homeland Security and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Ozgur said the process of returning 28 relics smuggled from Turkey was completed by the work of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the country.

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Exhibiting relics in a Turkish museum

Turkiye said he had recovered more than 8,000 historic relics smuggled over the last two decades, adding that the relics would be exhibited in Turkish museums.

Turkiye announced last month that it had recovered 3,480 cultural properties in 2021, thanks to the efforts of the country’s anti-smuggling authorities.

The process of recovering relics involves diplomatic efforts and proceedings in multiple state agencies, including law enforcement and judicial authorities, and in the countries in which the relics were found.

Since the founding of the Republic of Turkey, and even in the early days of the Ottoman Empire, it was illegal to take cultural properties abroad without official permission.

Under current law, unauthorized excavation is illegal and the found relics cannot be reported to the authorities.

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Source: AA

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