Turkey vs. The Louvre: Ankara Renews Its Quest To Recover Antiquities

19 Feb 2013 4:11 PM | Anonymous

Turkey vs. The Louvre: Ankara Renews Its Quest To Recover Antiquities

By Guillaume Perrier
LE MONDE/Worldcrunch
ISTANBUL – The treasure of Troy is back. The collection of golden jewelry from the ancient city, which had been stolen during the 19th century, was handed back to Turkey by the University of Pennsylvania last September.

The precious jewelry – known as the “Troy gold” – had been looted after the first excavations of Troy by a German archeologist in the 1870s. No one knows if Helen of Troy actually wore the jewels, but Turkey says it belongs to them. “It is only right that they be returned to where they were taken from,” declared Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay.

These jewels are now set to be displayed in Ankara.

http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/turkey-vs.-the-louvre-ankara-renews-its-quest-to-recover-antiquities/museum-archeology-troy-turkey-art/c1s10909/#.USOgSaWGsWM

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