The battle for an ancient coffin is buried
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND- Switzerland gave up the battle over an ancient sarcophagus that dates back to the Roman Empire and depicts the 12 labors of Hercules.
It belongs to Turkey and will be returned. It was seized by Swiss customs authorities five years ago when it was brought into the country by a cultural goods importer. He has ten days to appeal the government's decision.
The coffin is one of 12 of its kind in the world and was traced to the Roman city of Dokimeion which is thought to be a modern-day province of Antalya in Turkey. It dates back to the second century and is make of marble.
It shows Hercules strangling the Nemean Lion and killing the Hydra among other feats.