Country: Turkey

Ancient Sebastapolis faces illegal excavations

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2017). Ancient Sebastapolis faces illegal excavations. Daily Sabah. 18 July.

Minister calls Ohio university to return missing artifacts

(Turkey; United States of America)

Daily Sabah (2017). Minister calls Ohio university to return missing artifacts. Daily Sabah. 7 July.

Protesters target Dutch firm involved in removal of 550-year-old tomb from ancient town of Hasankeyf

(Turkey; Netherlands)

Tim Cornwall (2017). Protesters target Dutch firm involved in removal of 550-year-old tomb from ancient town of Hasankeyf. The Art Newspaper. 30 June.

Smugglers caught with 2,500-year-old artifacts from Turkey's Knidos

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Smugglers caught with 2,500-year-old artifacts from Turkey's Knidos. Daily Sabah. 22 June.

Turkish Hercules on display in Geneva

(Turkey; Switzerland)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Turkish Hercules on display in Geneva. Hurriyet Daily News. 21 June.

6th-century priest sculpture stolen from museum in southwestern Turkey

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2017). 6th-century priest sculpture stolen from museum in southwestern Turkey. Daily Sabah. 8 June.

Bulgaria recovers over 5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling op with Turkey, France

(Bulgaria; France; Turkey)

AFP (2017). Bulgaria recovers over 5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling op with Turkey, France. Daily Sabah. 26 May.

Ancient tomb seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2017). Ancient tomb seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 26 May.

Ancient stele turns out to be fake

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Ancient stele turns out to be fake. Hurriyet Daily News. 11 May.

Smuggled Anatolian idol sold in US

(Turkey; United States of America)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Smuggled Anatolian idol sold in US. Hurriyet Daily News. 30 April.

Turkey seeks return of 5,000-year-old marble figure

(Turkey; United States of America)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Turkey seeks return of 5,000-year-old marble figure. Hurriyet Daily News. 29 April.

Illegal excavations stir reaction in Myndos

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2017). Illegal excavations stir reaction in Myndos. Hurriyet Daily News. 29 April.

Smuggled Torah, artifacts seized in Turkey's northwest

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2017). Smuggled Torah, artifacts seized in Turkey's northwest. Hurriyet Daily News. 25 April.

Initiative to return missing pieces from "Gypsy Girl" mosaic in Turkey's Gaziantep

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Initiative to return missing pieces from "Gypsy Girl" mosaic in Turkey's Gaziantep. Daily Sabah. 20 April.

Goldplated ancient Torah seized by Turkish security forces in antismuggling drive

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Goldplated ancient Torah seized by Turkish security forces in antismuggling drive. Daily Sabah. 17 April.

Humanity's heritage under threat from treasure hunters

(Turkey)

Ahmet Günhan (2017). Humanity's heritage under threat from treasure hunters. Daily Sabah. 10 April.

Turkish gendarmerie confiscate smuggled Picasso painting in Erzurum

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Turkish gendarmerie confiscate smuggled Picasso painting in Erzurum. Daily Sabah. 6 April.

Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey

(Turkey; Switzerland)

Jamey Keaten (2017). Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey. The Tribune. 28 March.

3 arrested for selling ancient artifacts in Istanbul

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). 3 arrested for selling ancient artifacts in Istanbul. Daily Sabah. 27 March.

Ancient sarcophagus to be returned to Turkey nearly 60 years after it was stolen

(Turkey; Switzerland)

Daily Sabah (2017). Ancient sarcophagus to be returned to Turkey nearly 60 years after it was stolen. Daily Sabah. 24 March.

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

(Turkey)

Perwana Nazif (2017). Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack. ArtNet News. 24 March.

Red list of Iraqi artifacts available in Turkish

(Iraq; Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Red list of Iraqi artifacts available in Turkish. Hurriyet Daily News. 23 March.

$100M in ancient artifacts shipped from Egypt and Turkey to the U.S. in 2016

(United States of America; Egypt; Turkey)

Owen Jarus (2017). $100M in ancient artifacts shipped from Egypt and Turkey to the U.S. in 2016. CBS. 21 March.

A Painting and News Report Land a Turkish Artist in Prison

(Turkey)

Seph Rodney (2017). A Painting and News Report Land a Turkish Artist in Prison. Hyperallergic. 9 March.

Ancient book stolen in Syria seized in Turkey

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Ancient book stolen in Syria seized in Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 March.

Old fisherman still homesick

(Turkey; Germany)

Ozgen Acar (2017). Old fisherman still homesick. Hurriyet Daily News. 4 March.

Turkish Publisher Shuts Down Magazine for Printing Moses Cartoon

(Turkey)

Jillian Steinhauer (2017). Turkish Publisher Shuts Down Magazine for Printing Moses Cartoon. Hyperallergic. 23 February.

Minister offers Turkish mayor elephants for ancient Hebrew inscription

(Israel; Turkey)

Ilan Ben Zion (2017). Minister offers Turkish mayor elephants for ancient Hebrew inscription. The Times of Israel. 23 February.

Priceless 18th century icon seized in car trunk in Turkey's Adana

(Turkey; Syria)

Fatih Karacali (2017). Priceless 18th century icon seized in car trunk in Turkey's Adana. Hurriyet Daily News. 22 February.

Stolen artifacts from Turkey found in Germany

(Turkey; Germany)

Ömer Erbil (2017). Stolen artifacts from Turkey found in Germany. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 February.

Urartu-era antiquities found in a truck in Hungary

(Hungary; Turkey; Armenia; Lithuania)

PanArmenian (2017). Urartu-era antiquities found in a truck in Hungary. PanArmenian. 9 February.

5 detained in Turkey for attempting to sell painting claimed to be Picasso's work

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). 5 detained in Turkey for attempting to sell painting claimed to be Picasso's work. Daily Sabah. 9 February.

Police seize 1 billion liras worth of Hellenistic jewelry in western Turkey

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Police seize 1 billion liras worth of Hellenistic jewelry in western Turkey. Daily Sabah. 7 February.

Terror fear hits Troy

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Terror fear hits Troy. Hurriyet Daily News. 24 January.

Smugglers captured trying to sell ancient artifacts

(Turkey)

Ihlas News Agency (2017). Smugglers captured trying to sell ancient artifacts. Daily Sabah. 23 January.

Europol: Nearly 250 arrests in Operation Bosphorus against smuggling of Turkish pistols via Bulgaria

(Bulgaria; Turkey)

The Sofia Globe (2017). Europol: Nearly 250 arrests in Operation Bosphorus against smuggling of Turkish pistols via Bulgaria. The Sofia Globe. 23 January.

British woman returns 4,500 year-old Yortan jug to Turkey

(Turkey; United Kingdom)

Nurbanu Kizil (2017). British woman returns 4,500 year-old Yortan jug to Turkey. Daily Sabah. 19 January.

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery

(Turkey; Russia)

Shaun Walker (2016). Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery. The Guardian. 20 December.

Judge orders 'owner' to provide more details before ancient golden crown can be examined

(United Kingdom; Turkey)

The Herald (2016). Judge orders 'owner' to provide more details before ancient golden crown can be examined. The Herald. 3 December.

Protesters Demand Sculpture Be Removed from Contemporary Istanbul

(Turkey)

Art Forum (2016). Protesters Demand Sculpture Be Removed from Contemporary Istanbul. Art Forum. 4 November.

Looting? $283 Million Flow of Artifacts to US Revealed

(Turkey; Syria; United States of America)

Owen Jarus (2016). Looting? $283 Million Flow of Artifacts to US Revealed. Live Science. 19 September.

Police searching stolen vehicle finds 2nd century tomb in Bursa

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2016). Police searching stolen vehicle finds 2nd century tomb in Bursa. Daily Sabah. 10 September.

Turkish government shuts down important archaeological dig, apparently to punish Austria

(Turkey; Austria)

Erik Stokstad (2016). Turkish government shuts down important archaeological dig, apparently to punish Austria. Science. 6 September.

11th century Bible recovered in central Turkey

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2016). 11th century Bible recovered in central Turkey. Daily Sabah. 30 August.

Ancient breakwater in Istanbul broken

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Ancient breakwater in Istanbul broken. Hurriyet Daily News. 11 August.

Turkish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan arrested

(Turkey)

Helen Stoilas (2016). Turkish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan arrested. The Art Newspaper. 29 July.

Police seize priceless 2,000-year-old Aphrodite statue in Istanbul

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Police seize priceless 2,000-year-old Aphrodite statue in Istanbul. Hurriyet Daily News. 12 July.

Turkey's artists face growing government pressure

(Turkey)

Sukru Kucukshin (2016). Turkey's artists face growing government pressure. Al Monitor. 11 July.

Police discover Qadafi's looted ivory dagger in Istanbul

(Libya; Turkey; Saudi Arabia)

Yeni Şafak (2016). Police discover Qadafi's looted ivory dagger in Istanbul. Yeni Şafak. 13 June.

Stolen Ottoman-era artifacts recovered in Istanbul

(Turkey)

Yeni Şafak (2016). Stolen Ottoman-era artifacts recovered in Istanbul. Yeni Şafak. 8 June.

Questions raised after famous statue disappears in Ankara

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Questions raised after famous statue disappears in Ankara. Hurriyet Daily News. 3 June.

Ancient stela lost after discovery

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2016). Ancient stela lost after discovery. Hurriyet Daily News. 2 June.

Red list prepared for Syrian artifacts

(Syria; Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Red list prepared for Syrian artifacts. Hurriyet Daily News. 20 May.

Police thwart sale of 600-year-old Torah in Istanbul

(Turkey; Syria)

Daily Sabah (2016). Police thwart sale of 600-year-old Torah in Istanbul. Daily Sabah. 29 April.

Stolen Sarcophagus Returned

(Turkey; United States of America)

Ahmet Balan (2016). Stolen Sarcophagus Returned. Associated Press. 26 April.

Turkish Culture Minister: No tolerance for antiquity smuggling from Syria

(Turkey; Syria)

Daily Sabah (2016). Turkish Culture Minister: No tolerance for antiquity smuggling from Syria. Daily Sabah. 17 April.

Why Gaziantep Became Hub for Smugglers Selling Historical Syrian Artifacts

(Turkey; Syria)

Sputnik News (2016). Why Gaziantep Became Hub for Smugglers Selling Historical Syrian Artifacts. Sputnik News. 11 April.

Turkey 'probing Russia claims on antiques'

(Turkey; Syria; Russia)

Press TV (2016). Turkey 'probing Russia claims on antiques'. Press TV. 8 April.

Smuggler of Stolen Artifacts From Palmyra Speaks Out About ISIS' Illicit Operation

(Syria; Turkey)

Richard Engel (2016). Smuggler of Stolen Artifacts From Palmyra Speaks Out About ISIS' Illicit Operation. NBC. 6 April.

Historic castle destroyed by sea and treasure hunters in Turkey's west

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2016). Historic castle destroyed by sea and treasure hunters in Turkey's west. Hurriyet Daily News. 4 April.

ISIS 'Department of Artifacts' document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE)

(Turkey; Syria)

RT (2016). ISIS 'Department of Artifacts' document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE). RT. 31 March.

World's most expensive plate seized in Turkey

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). World's most expensive plate seized in Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 22 March.

Quarry workers 'erasing history' in Antalya with soap, sponge

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Quarry workers 'erasing history' in Antalya with soap, sponge. Hurriyet Daily News. 12 March.

Home at last: 39 historic artifacts from Anatolia returned

(Turkey)

Burcu Calik (2016). Home at last: 39 historic artifacts from Anatolia returned. Daily Sabah. 15 February.

Spray painted tomb to be cleaned by experts

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Spray painted tomb to be cleaned by experts. Hurriyet Daily News. 11 February.

Picasso painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake

(Turkey)

AFP (2016). Picasso painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake. Hurriyet Daily News. 2 February.

Arts: le "Picasso" saisi en Turquie serait un faux

(Turkey)

France 24 (2016). Arts: le "Picasso" saisi en Turquie serait un faux. France 24. 1 February.

Turkish police seize Picasso's masterpiece in anti-smuggling operation

(Turkey)

Emre Basaran (2016). Turkish police seize Picasso's masterpiece in anti-smuggling operation. Daily Sabah. 30 January.

Historic castle cleansed of graffiti

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Historic castle cleansed of graffiti. Hurriyet Daily News. 28 January.

Ancient obelisk becomes makeshift memorial in Istanbul

(Turkey)

AFP (2016). Ancient obelisk becomes makeshift memorial in Istanbul. News 24. 14 January.

Istanbul explosion: 10 dead and 15 wounded in suspected Isis 'suicide bombing' in Sultanahmet Square - as it happened

(Turkey)

Samuel Osborne (2016). Istanbul explosion: 10 dead and 15 wounded in suspected Isis 'suicide bombing' in Sultanahmet Square - as it happened. The Independent. 12 January.

Van Dyck painting found in Istanbul

(Turkey; Georgia; Russia)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Van Dyck painting found in Istanbul. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 January.

Reliefs in Mersin fall victims to treasure hunters

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Reliefs in Mersin fall victims to treasure hunters. Hurriyet Daily News. 31 December.

'Love' graffiti on historic castle walls creates outrage

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). 'Love' graffiti on historic castle walls creates outrage. Hurriyet Daily News. 31 December.

Knidos wants to regain its artifacts

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Knidos wants to regain its artifacts. Hurriyet Daily News. 16 December.

Heracles relief suffers damage

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Heracles relief suffers damage. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 December.

Syrian antiquities chief says Turkey refuses to return looted art

(Syria; Turkey)

Shadia Nasralla (2015). Syrian antiquities chief says Turkey refuses to return looted art. Reuters. 11 December.

Syrian woman faces 12 years in jail for 'smuggling ancient coins'

(Turkey; Sweden)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Syrian woman faces 12 years in jail for 'smuggling ancient coins'. Hurriyet Daily News. 9 December.

Artifacts stolen from Syria seized in eastern Turkey

(Turkey; Syria)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Artifacts stolen from Syria seized in eastern Turkey. Daily Sabah. 25 November.

Illegal digs unearth mosaics

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Illegal digs unearth mosaics. Hurriyet Daily News. 9 November.

Museums in Turkey, ministry fight back against forged artifacts

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2015). Museums in Turkey, ministry fight back against forged artifacts. Hurriyet Daily News. 7 November.

Gilded Bible seized in Tokat

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Gilded Bible seized in Tokat. Hurriyet Daily News. 27 October.

Treasure hunters destroying precious Thracian relics in Turkey

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Treasure hunters destroying precious Thracian relics in Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 21 October.

1600-year-old artifacts in Bodrum bay area looted

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). 1600-year-old artifacts in Bodrum bay area looted. Hurriyet Daily News. 20 October.

Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey

(Turkey)

Cihan Kucuk (2015). Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey. Hyperallergic. 14 October.

A Terra-cotta Antiquity that Arrived at a Turkish Museum by Mail

(Turkey)

Cihan Kucuk (2015). A Terra-cotta Antiquity that Arrived at a Turkish Museum by Mail. Hyperallergic. 6 October.

Ancient tombs in Fethiye cleaned after controversy

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Ancient tombs in Fethiye cleaned after controversy. Hurriyet Daily News. 5 October.

British archaeologist's 19th century engraving found on Turkey's Mount Ida

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). British archaeologist's 19th century engraving found on Turkey's Mount Ida. Hurriyet Daily News. 1 October.

Turkey's Culture Ministry defends restoration at Aspendos

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Turkey's Culture Ministry defends restoration at Aspendos. Hurriyet Daily News. 30 September.

'Kitchen-grade' marble used in the restoration of ancient city of Aspendos

(Turkey)

BGN News (2015). 'Kitchen-grade' marble used in the restoration of ancient city of Aspendos. BGN News. 28 September.

Turkey major conduit for Syrian 'blood antiquities'

(Turkey; Syria)

Pinar Tremblay (2015). Turkey major conduit for Syrian 'blood antiquities'. Al Monitor. 25 September.

Geneva orders Roman relic returned to Turkey

(Switzerland; Turkey)

The Local (2015). Geneva orders Roman relic returned to Turkey. The Local. 23 September.

More than 3,000 artifacts seized in Istanbul raid

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2015). More than 3,000 artifacts seized in Istanbul raid. Daily Sabah. 1 September.

Bull figure returns to Turkey

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Bull figure returns to Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 28 August.

Aristotle statue vandalized at ancient site

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Aristotle statue vandalized at ancient site. Hurriyet Daily News. 26 August.

Two Syrians detained for smuggling Ottoman era coins

(Turkey; Syria)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Two Syrians detained for smuggling Ottoman era coins. Hurriyet Daily News. 20 August.

Artifact smuggling, recovery both on the rise

(Turkey)

Ahmet Topal (2015). Artifact smuggling, recovery both on the rise. Daily Sabah. 21 July.

Ohio university grapples with case of missing mosaic

(United States of America; Turkey)

Jennifer Pinkowski (2015). Ohio university grapples with case of missing mosaic. Al Jazeera. 19 July.

US Law Firm Files Lawsuit to Return Armenian Property in Incirlik Turkey

(Turkey)

Massis Post (2015). US Law Firm Files Lawsuit to Return Armenian Property in Incirlik Turkey. Massis Post. 14 July.

Turkish manuscripts returned from US

(Turkey; United States of America)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Turkish manuscripts returned from US. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 July.

Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail

(Turkey)

Benjamin Sutton (2015). Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail. Hyperallergic. 25 June.

Stolen manuscripts returned to Turkey

(Turkey)

Hasan Ay (2015). Stolen manuscripts returned to Turkey. Daily Sabah. 25 June.

Historical carpet lost at museum

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Historical carpet lost at museum. Hurriyet Daily News. 15 June.

Turkey ruling Justice and Development Party nails giant election banner into Roman aqueduct

(Turkey)

AFP (2015). Turkey ruling Justice and Development Party nails giant election banner into Roman aqueduct. Art Daily. 26 May.

Turkey: Armenian Church Sues for Lost Property

(Turkey)

Dorian Jones (2015). Turkey: Armenian Church Sues for Lost Property. Eurasia Net. 21 May.

Hundreds of stolen Roman-era artifacts recovered in police raid in Turkey

(Turkey)

BGN News (2015). Hundreds of stolen Roman-era artifacts recovered in police raid in Turkey. BGN News. 17 May.

Illegal excavations damage ancient city

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Illegal excavations damage ancient city. Hurriyet Daily News. 15 May.

Mosaics in Turkey's south were not 'botched,' says restorer

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2015). Mosaics in Turkey's south were not 'botched,' says restorer. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 May.

Authorities seize ancient Hebrew book written on deer skin

(Turkey; Syria)

BGN News (2015). Authorities seize ancient Hebrew book written on deer skin. BGN News. 3 February.

FBI Returns Ancient Sculptures to Turkey

(Turkey)

FBI (2014). FBI Returns Ancient Sculptures to Turkey. FBI. 6 August.

Works start to find missing pieces in area of illegal excavation

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2014). Works start to find missing pieces in area of illegal excavation. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 July.

London's Victoria and Albert Museum willing to lend Eros head to Istanbul

(Turkey; United Kingdom)

Hurriyet Daily News (2014). London's Victoria and Albert Museum willing to lend Eros head to Istanbul. Hurriyet Daily News. 5 May.

Treasure hunters destroy tomb

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2014). Treasure hunters destroy tomb. Hurriyet Daily News. 4 May.

Seeking Return of Art, Turkey Jolts Museums

(Turkey; United States of America)

Dan Bilefsky (2012). Seeking Return of Art, Turkey Jolts Museums. The New York Times. 30 September.

Will "Blind Edip" Sing?

(Switzerland; Germany; Turkey)

Ozgen Acar (2001). Will "Blind Edip" Sing?. Archaeology. 1 January.

The Past in Peril: Buying, Selling, Stealing History

(United States of America; Turkey; Italy)

Mike Toner (1999). The Past in Peril: Buying, Selling, Stealing History. Atlanta Journal Constitution. 19 September.

Turkey wins back ancient coins from American millionaire

(Turkey; Germany; United States of America)

Associated Press (1999). Turkey wins back ancient coins from American millionaire. Associated Press. 4 March.

The Case Of the Contested Coins: A Modern-Day Battle Over Ancient Objects

(Turkey; Germany; United States of America)

Barry Meier (1998). The Case Of the Contested Coins: A Modern-Day Battle Over Ancient Objects. The New York Times. 24 September.

Turkish jubilation over recovery of ancient sarcophagus; Smuggled treasure is coming home

(Turkey; United States of America)

Hugh Pope (1994). Turkish jubilation over recovery of ancient sarcophagus; Smuggled treasure is coming home. The Independent. 27 April.

Turks Haul Millionaire Into Court for Ancient Silver

(Turkey; Germany; United States of America)

Anne Thompson (1994). Turks Haul Millionaire Into Court for Ancient Silver. Associated Press. 23 February.

Talking Turkey; Who owns the treasures of antiquity?

(Turkey; United States of America)

Geraldine Norman (1993). Talking Turkey; Who owns the treasures of antiquity?. The Independent. 13 June.