Ayvalik, Turkey – 1,500-year-old Torah Recovered From Turkish Smugglers

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    Ayvalik, Turkey – An ancient Torah estimated to be 1,500-years-old was seized from smugglers in Ayvalik, a western resort town in Turkey, the Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.

    In addition to the Torah, many other historical artifacts belonging to the Hellenistic and Seljuq dynasty periods, including statues, stone rubbings, jewelry, and 200 ancient bronze and silver coins were recovered.

    Turkish law enforcement detained two suspects and later released them on probation, and believe the smugglers brought the artifacts from Istanbul and Bingol, an eastern Turkish province.

    The Torah, inscribed on leather, was handed over with the other artifacts to the Balikesir Museum Directorship.

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