Gypsy Girl: Missing mosaic stones returned to Turkey

Gypsy Girl: Missing mosaic stones returned to Turkey

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The missing pieces were smuggled out of Turkey in the 1960s

Missing fragments of an ancient mosaic known as the Gypsy Girl were exhibited on his return from the United States in a museum in Turkey.

The fragments are shown next to the incomplete, almost 2,000-year-old mosaic of a young girl.

Her haunting eyes have become a symbol of the southern city of Gaziantep.

The missing parts were smuggled out of Turkey in the 1960s and bought by a US university, which finally agreed to return them.

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The Gypsy Girl mosaic was excavated in 1998

Archaeologists discovered the mosaic 20 years ago during the excavation of the remains of the city of Zeugma, which was founded by a general of Alexander the Great and destroyed in the 3rd century.

However, several parts of the country have already been looted and smuggled.

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They had been bought by Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 2012, Turkey asked for their return, which was finally agreed after five years of talks.