Penn Museum Makes Deal with Turkey for 'Troy Gold'

Image PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia archaeology museum will indefinitely loan ancient jewelry known as "Troy gold" to Turkey in exchange for a future exhibit related to King Midas. 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 arrangement announced Tuesday includes continuing Turkish support for Midas-related Penn excavations at Gordion, in central Turkey.
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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