Thursday 17 April 2014

Stolen Bodrum Artefacts Returned to Turkey

Burcu Çalık, 'US National Returns Stolen Artefacts to Turkey' Daily Sabah 16.04.2014
U.S. citizen Kyoko Schmidt has returned two fourth-century amphoras which her husband stole from Turkey in 1965. The amphoras arrived in Turkey last week after Schmidt delivered them to the Turkish embassy in Washington, which handed them over to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in the Turkish capital Ankara [....]  the amphoras were extracted from a shipwreck off the coast of Bodrum, a town in the southwest of Turkey in the 1960s. Initial examination by experts shows that the amphoras resembled Mende amphoras, named after an ancient Greek city located in the northern Greece.
For an earlier Bodrum shipwreck, see here and here (this wreck was discovered by archaeologists twenty years after this amphora theft took place). Mende is an important Greek wine producing area on Macedonia's coast and the amphoras  are generally late fifth/early fourth century BC. The newspaper appends to this the account of another 'repatriation' from America:
In February, Rick O'Ryan, another U.S. national, returned two amphoras smuggled out of Turkey in the 1950s by his father, a U.S. official who had been posted in Turkey at the time.
Another US diplomat on the take while on official business? 

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