Title: Police seize priceless 2,000 year old Aphrodite statue in Istanbul
Date: 13th July 2016
-> In this news article they discuss how the police seized a 2000 year old artifact. In Istanbul two men were captured with 13 artifacts including a 2,000-year-old Aphrodite statue. The anti-smuggling unit reported that the two men were illegally trying to sell these artifacts and demanded 1 million Turkish Liras.
This is very sad as these events still happen. People steal artifacts and then try to sell them illegally to smugglers for some meager amount. They don’t understand the cultural value attached to it. In this case it was a 2000 year old statue of a greek goddess Aphrodite, which is basically priceless. It could have gone unnoticed and archaeologists would not have gotten a chance to analyze it. Now, it being returned to the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, it can be properly examined and studied and then archaeologist can release facts about the artifact.
The sad part is that this is one such case which was caught, but no one actually knows how many other such priceless artifacts are stolen and lost without being examined. We need to create more awareness among people so that these events are diminished in number if not eliminated.