In the Turkish city of Tokat, three men arranged to meet who they believed were potential buyers of the ancient item they had in their hands. The trio surely must have been talking about its phenomenal value, and exactly what they wanted in return for it. However, before long, three men were in handcuffs, busted for smuggling.
Tokat is a city that’s located in the northern-central area of Turkey, around 250 miles from the country’s capital, Ankara. The area is a historical and cultural gem of a place that provides a glimpse into past lives in this region of Anatolia.
Tokat contains various ancient sites and historical buildings of great importance, such as the 12th-century Garipler mosque. Most of these landmarks date from the Ilkhanate, Seljuq and Ottoman eras, going back as far as the tenth century A.D. Today it’s a popular tourist destination, with a population of over 130,000.