Turkey investigates reports over ruined ancient mosaics

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SHAFAQNA – Turkey’s Culture Ministry has launched an inquiry following reports that priceless ancient mosaics had been ruined while being restored and moved to a new museum in southern Turkey, an official said on Tuesday. A newspaper in Hatay province said several mosaics at the Archaeological Museum were badly restored and seriously damaged while being moved to the museum’s new premises in the city of Antakya. Before-and-after pictures of three of the mosaics appear to show that the restored versions have been distorted. A Culture Ministry official told the Associated Press a committee had launched an inquiry into the report. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with rules that bar officials from speaking to journalists.

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