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Archaeologists Help Restore Precious Pigments On Rare Sarcophagus

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May 14, 2002
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Looters robbing an ancient graveyard in Can, Turkey, in 1998 dropped a heavy marble coffin in their attempt to flee, abandoning the stolen item in a forest. The sarcophagus deemed unworthy of further trouble by the thieves turns out to be a treasure to archaeologists - it's the most colorful sarcophagus surviving from Classical Greek antiquity, according to Professor C. Brian Rose, a University of Cincinnati archaeologist who served on the international team working to save it.

Looters robbing an ancient graveyard in Can, Turkey, in 1998 dropped a heavy marble coffin in their attempt to flee, abandoning the stolen item in a forest. The sarcophagus deemed unworthy of further trouble by the thieves turns out to be a treasure to archaeologists - it's the most colorful sarcophagus surviving from Classical Greek antiquity, according to Professor C. Brian Rose, a University of Cincinnati archaeologist who served on the international team working to save it.


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