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Near East: Turkish authorities seize gold statue of Hermes
A golden statue from the Roman period was seized on Dec. 16 from a car in Turkey's western province of Denizli.

Turkish authorities seize gold statue of Hermes
The golden statue of Hermes seized by Turkish
police in Denizli [Credit: DHA]

According to a statement made by the Provincial Security Directorate, within the scope of an operation by the Department of Anti-smuggling and Organized Crime, a car was stopped in Delikliçınar Square and the golden statue was found in the car. It was reported that the statue, made in image of Zeus’ son Hermes, and its pedestal are from the Roman period.

The Pamukkale University Head of Archaeology Department and the ancient city of Laodicea excavations, Professor Celal Şimşek said the statue was original.

The three suspects in the car were taken into custody.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [December 18, 2013]

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