Turkey brings back 44 historical artifacts in 2010

A total of 44 historical artifacts, which were originally unearthed in Turkey but later taken abroad, were brought back to the country in 2010.

Turkey brings back 44 historical artifacts in 2010

A total of 44 historical artifacts, which were originally unearthed in Turkey but later taken abroad, were brought back to the country in 2010 thanks to the efforts of the Turkish culture and tourism ministry.

Most of the returned artifacts belonged to the "Tatarli Tumulus" in Turkey's central Afyon province and they were delivered back to Turkey in February 2010, tourism officials told AA on Monday.

The artifacts include 38 small wooden pieces and 4 pieces of timber dating back to 450 B.C. which were smuggled from Turkey and delivered to the Munich Archeology Museum in Germany.

Moreover, a ceramic piece and a bowl cover from the Knidos ancient city of Turkey's southwestern Datca town, which was smuggled to Britain in 1971, was delivered back to the Turkish embassy in London in June 2010. The artifacts were later taken to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in the Turkish capital city.

Officials said that the culture ministry continued to display efforts for the return of numerous artifacts in Germany, USA, Bulgaria, Britain, Denmark, France, Italy, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

Bogazkoy Sphinx, Pergamon-Zeus Altar, Aphrodisias-Old Fisherman Statue and Trojan artifacts in Germany; an Ottoman ceramic panel at the Louvre Museum in France; Trojan pieces in Russia and the Heracles Statue in Boston, USA are some of the important artifacts needed to be returned to Turkey, officials said.

A total of 1,864 archeological artifacts, most of which are coins, are expected to be delivered back to Turkey from Serbia and Montenegro this year, authorities added.


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