Turkish security forces confiscated three kilograms (about 6.61 pounds) of two gold bars on Feb. 14 that dates to the ancient Hittite-Urartu civilizations, in eastern Van province.
Gendarmerie forces searched an intercity bus in the Erciş district as part of historical artifact smuggling operations.
The gold was seized in a passenger's bag on the bus.
Artifacts unearthed during excavations in ancient cities in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ and exhibited in the Tekirdağ Museum shed light on the Thracian civilization.
The Thracian people, who lived in Thrace, Bulgaria and northern Greece in the ancient ages, were known as the world's most populous tribe after Hindus, according to Greek historian and ancient writer Heredot.
"From Macedonian to Thessalian Tempi" at the Museum of Byzantine Culture showcases five fortification sites - Rentina, the fortification wall of Cassandreia and the castles of Pydna, Platamon and Velika - from Macedonia and Thessaly which were founded, constructed or renovated during the reign of Justinian I (527-565).