Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Metal Detectorist Detained in Southern Turkey

Security forces in Turkey's southern Mersin province have detained a smuggler who allegedly carried out an unauthorized excavation and was trying to sell the artefacts abroad (Daily Sabah, 'Man trying to smuggle over 200 Byzantine-era artifacts detained in southern Turkey', Daily Sabah 8th Jan 2017). Had he previously sold items to a dealer near you?
Upon receiving intelligence, gendarmerie forces in Mersin's Tarsus district carried out a raid on the suspect's house and discovered 196 artifacts from the Byzantine period and 60 coins from the same period. A detector and a detector vest, and digging tools were confiscated during the raids. The artifacts and tools were confiscated by security forces, reports said. The suspected smuggler was detained and legal proceedings were launched against him.

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