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Turkey asks for artifacts back from U.S. museums

The government of Turkey has requested the return of dozens of artifacts from various museums in the United States.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection are among the institutions that the Turkish government has contacted, officials say.

Turkey believes the antiquities were illegally excavated and smuggled out of the country after the passage of a 1906 law that gave the state ownership of antiquities in the ground.

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Story: Jason Felch, LA Times | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

2 thoughts on “Turkey asks for artifacts back from U.S. museums

  1. It is not only the united states who stole a lot of ancient artifacts from my country just look to the pergamon museum in Berlin and all over the world.Its very clear that all roots of Hummanity and Art and Culture leave them footsteps in this amazing country

  2. Not only USA but also so many countries have historical values taken or stolen from Turkey. For example when the Turkish railways was constructing by German companies at 19. century, so many ancient artifacts gone to Germany.

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