Hittite Sphinx May Return to Turkey From Germany, Minister Says

10 Mar 2011 8:06 AM | Anonymous

Hittite Sphinx May Return to Turkey From Germany, Minister Says
By Catherine Hickley - Mar 9, 2011 5:50 AM

Germany is willing to negotiate the return to Turkey of a Hittite sphinx that has been in Berlin for almost 100 years, Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said.

The 3,300-year-old sphinx was part of a gate to the Hittite capital Hattusa in modern-day Anatolia. It was excavated in 1907 and sent to Berlin for restoration and study about 10 years later, according to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Turkey has been urging Germany to return it since 1938, the foundation said in a statement.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-09/hittite-sphinx-may-return-to-turkey-from-germany-minister-says.html

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