An­cient Ro­man ar­ti­fact re­turned

China Daily - - WORLD -

The Ro­man sar­coph­a­gus of Her­cules, which was smug­gled abroad some 50 years ago, has been re­turned to its Turk­ish home­land, me­dia re­ported on Thurs­day. The sar­coph­a­gus will be de­liv­ered to the An­talya Mu­seum for dis­play. The an­cient ar­ti­fact was found dur­ing il­le­gal ex­ca­va­tions in An­talya and smug­gled out of the coun­try in late 1960s. In 2015, a Swiss court ruled that it should be re­turned to Turkey which has been seek­ing its re­turn since 2011.

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