Two arrested for selling artifacts in Istanbul Bazaar

Published on August 4th, 2011 | by Admin

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Two individuals have been arrested for trying to sell 2,000-year-old Roman dishes and 400-year-old manuscripts at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

The police seized 81 handwritten manuscripts, five ancient dishes dating back to the Roman era, and three embroidered minber (mosque pulpit) covers. Also among the historical artifacts was a 400-year-old handwritten copy of the Quran.

Dr. Hüsnü Koyuno?lu, an assistant professor at ?stanbul University’s Faculty of Education, confirmed upon examination that the manuscripts were written 120 to 400 years ago. He estimates the total market value to be TL 1 million.

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