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1,200-year Bible found in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

March 2019

Turkish police have seized a Bible thought to be 1,200 years old from a suspected smuggling gang.

Six people have been arrested after allegedly attempting to sell the ancient manuscript in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.

The Biblical text was written across 34 pages of leather with gold-encrusted religious motifs.

Police are investigating whether the book was smuggled across the border from nearby Syria.

Turkey has become a primary destination for looted antiquities from the war-torn Middle Eastern country.