Turkey investigates reports of ruined ancient mosaics

At least eight ancient mosaics were ruined while being restored and moved to a new museum in southern Turkey and authorities are looking into ways to fix the botched work, a senior official said Tuesday.

Turkey’s Culture Ministry is investigating those responsible for the failed restoration work or anyone who may be guilty of negligence as the mosaics at the Hatay Archaeological Museum were being moved to the museum’s new premises in the city of Antakya, Gov. Ercan Topaca of Hatay province told the state-run Anadolu Agency.

The Hatay museum is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Roman mosaics.

quotSome mistakes were made while the mosaics were being mounted,quot Anadolu quoted Topaca as saying. quotNow our priority is to find ways to correct the mistakes.quot

Topaca said authorities were made aware of the problem in March and immediately ended the move and restoration of the mosaics. He said quoteight or ninequot mosaics were affected.