Officials working to prevent looting and smuggling of artefacts that date to antiquity.
Creating cultural awareness in primary education is essential to prevent the smuggling of historical artifacts out of
The mosaic known as "Metiokhos and Parthenope" was looted from the Zeugma excavation site in 1993, and later found in the collection of
"The mosaic called 'The Marriage of Dionysus to Ariadne' was also smuggled from the excavation site in 1998, and two-third of it is still being looked for by the
Zeugma is a difficult place to prevent looting and smuggling of artifacts since it covers a huge site, yet there are criminal punishments for illegal trafficking, looting, and damaging artifacts, according to Ozturk.
"Previously smuggled artifacts have been retrieved through court rulings, bilateral relations between states, donations, and through
However, she pointed to several preventive methods adopted, as well as shortcomings in
"In order to prevent smuggling, intelligence mechanisms should work very well, monetary and criminal punishments should be increased," she said. "For instance, there are various rewards for those who provide information."
In 2012, the museum won the Turkish Presidential Culture and Art Reward.
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