This belongs to Turkey, says American holder of smuggled artifact
WASHINGTON - Anatolia News Agency
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An American citizen in possession of a Roman-era artifact his father had smuggled out of Turkey decades ago recently notified Turkish authorities of the artifact’s existence via email, saying he felt "it belonged to Turkey."
An American named Mark sent Turkish authorities an email last week, stating that his father had spent over 30 years in Turkey, at a military base in Yalova.
"My dad passed away several years ago," Mark wrote. "We had to move my mother to a rest home, so we cleaned out her house in South Carolina. That's when we found [the artifact]. We felt that it belonged to Turkey."
The email came with photos of the artifact attached, and Turkish authorities in Washington acted immediately to effect its return. The artifact was safely brought back to Turkey.
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