Swiss customs seize Roman sarcophagus stolen from Turkey
GENEVA - Agence France-Presse
File photo shows a sarcophagus seized by the police in Antalya in 2011. AA photoA Roman sarcophagus, believed to have been excavated illegally from an archaeological site close to the southern Turkish province of Antalya, has been seized from a Swiss warehouse by authorities, a customs official said March 26.
The marble tomb, bearing carvings depicting the 12 labors of Hercules, dates to 2 A.D.
It was found by customs officials who were conducting inventory checks at Geneva’s tax-free warehouses, said Jean-Marc Renaud, the head of Switzerland’s central customs services, confirming a Swiss television report.
According to Swiss television, Turkish capital Ankara is seeking restitution of the sarcophagus believed to have originated from the Greek-Roman archaeological site of Perge, about 22 kilometers from Antalya.
Swiss customs are currently holding the object and have brought the case to Geneva prosecutors, who opened a probe last year.