Smuggled Lydian artefacts have returned to Turkey

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has returned 10 illegally traded historical artefacts from Lydia, an Iron Age empire in western Turkey, to the Turkish mission in Washington.

The artefacts included grave stones and sacrifice stelas - stone or wooden slabs on which Lydians would inscribe the sacrifices of animals or possessions that deceased people had made during their lives - used in funeral or commemorative services.


The items were smuggled into the U.S. in 2006 and spotted by the Turkish Culture Ministry as they were being illegally traded, and were later seized in an operation involving Turkish security officials, the FBI and Washington D.C. police officers in May.

The Turkish Culture Ministry has facilitated the recovery of 4,147 smuggled historical artefacts in the last 10 years and returned them to Anatolia's cultural heritage.
Source: AA


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