Smuggled historical artefacts returned to Turkey

According to a Culture Ministry official, Turkey has recovered some 2,000 pieces of smuggled historical artefacts this year alone.

The official said around 90 percent of artefacts smuggledabroad came from illegal excavations; many pieces are being kept in storage spaces due to a lack of places to display them but the ministry currently are working to redesign and organize pieces according to historic features.

The ministry now aims to restructure the country’s museums to increase their technical capacity to hold all recovered artefacts.


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