Penn Museum, Turkey OK swap

Posted: September 05, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn Museum will indefinitely lend ancient jewelry known as "Troy gold" to Turkey in exchange for a future exhibition of King Midas artifacts, officials announced Tuesday.

The deal is part of what Penn Museum officials call a landmark agreement to work more collaboratively with Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The Penn Museum acquired the early Bronze Age jewelry in 1966. But it wasn't until 2009 that scholars identified the items as likely being from the historic city of Troy. Discussions for their return began with Turkish officials last year. The state-run Anadolu news agency says a new archaeology museum is being built in Troy.

The Midas exhibition is slated for Philadelphia in 2016.

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