Illegal excavations, fake gold and treasure hunters in south-western Turkey

Four treasure hunters and over 350 plaster bars covered in gold paint were found in a cave in the southern province of Antalya, Turkey. 

Fake bars of gold (by AA photo)

The Antalya Governor’s Office was notified by an individual about the unauthorized excavation inside the cave located in the Göynük neighbourhood of Kemer. The person said also that large amounts of gold were found. Teams supervised by archaeologists found that the bars were placed by a suspected fraud group to deceive four other suspects who attempted to conduct an unlicensed excavation work to discover what they believed were gold. The suspects unearthed 369 plaster bars three meters underneath the surface inside the mentioned cave. The fraud group used footage from a surveillance camera, placed inside the cave by drilling four meters of rock, to deceive the four suspects who conducted the excavations.

(after Hurriyet Daily News & AA photo)

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