It is the flooding of Zeugma by the rising waters of the
that drew the
world’s attention to this once so proud city. Zeugma first reached
headlines in 1990 when the Dam of Ataturk
on this river, part of the huge GAP-project, was completed (see: Zeugma, Border-Town along the Euphrates River). Euphrates
This time, the news comes from another side, the
Bowling Green State University
in Ohio, , who possessed twelve
mosaics from ancient Zeugma. The pieces are said to be
looted from the site nearly fifty years ago during illegal excavations. It
turns out that these sections belong to the well-known mosaic of the so-called
Gipsy Girl. U.S.A.
[Gipsy-Girl Picture from Hurriyet Daily News]
With the customary flattering words and adequate apologies and reverence, the return agreement has been signed and the mosaics have been handed over to
. They will, no doubt, join the magnificent collection at the Museum of Gaziantep. Turkey
It always is very satisfactory to witness how widespread bits and pieces of archaeological finds are being reunited, especially when they return to their place of origin.