A Roman-era child sarcophagus was seized Monday in an anti-smuggling operation conducted in western Turkey’s Aydin province.

Gendarmerie units launched the operation after a detailed investigation carried out in Aydin’s Soke district.

The units found the historical artifact called “Ostotek” in a car trunk. Two suspects were also detained in the operation.

Suspects Ç.T. and M.Ş., who were caught before managing to sell the Roman-era sarcophagus, were later released on conditions of trial without arrest.

The “Ostotek” was identified by experts to be among priceless and immovable artifacts, which need to be preserved in a museum.

Thousands of anti-smuggling operations are carried out across Turkey every year to hinder the illegal sale of historical objects and protect the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Source:  Daily Sabah

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