Turkey has put on display Roman-era mosaics that were part of a U.S. university’s art collection and were returned to the country more than half a century after looters smuggled them out.

Visitors take pictures of Roman-era mosaics that were part of a U.S. university's art collection and were returned to Turkey, more than half a century after looters smuggled them out, during an exhibition at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Visitors take pictures of Roman-era mosaics that were part of a U.S. university’s art collection and were returned to Turkey, more than half a century after looters smuggled them out, during an exhibition at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

At a ceremony on Saturday, Culture Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy thanked Ohio’s Bowling Green State University administrators and others who were instrumental in the return of the artifacts, which are believed to have come from the ancient city of Zeugma in Turkey’s southern Gaziantep province.

Part of a Roman-era mosaic, nicknamed
Part of a Roman-era mosaic, nicknamed “Gypsy Girl” that was found in the ancient city of Zeugma, is exhibited at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
People visit the main exhibition hall of Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
People visit the main exhibition hall of Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Bowling Green bought the 12 mosaics from a New York gallery in 1965. Turkish and Bowling Green officials agreed upon their return in May.

Visitors walk next to Roman-era mosaics that were part of a U.S. university's art collection and were returned to Turkey, more than half a century after looters smuggled them out, during an exhibition at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Visitors walk next to Roman-era mosaics that were part of a U.S. university’s art collection and were returned to Turkey, more than half a century after looters smuggled them out, during an exhibition at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A musician performs at the main exhibition hall of Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A musician performs at the main exhibition hall of Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

U.S. Embassy diplomat Jeffrey Hovenier said: “We are delighted to welcome home part of Turkey’s glorious heritage.”

A visitor takes photos of Roman-era mosaics that were part of a U.S. university's art collection and were returned to Turkey, more than half a century after looters smuggled them out, during an exhibition at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A visitor takes photos of Roman-era mosaics that were part of a U.S. university’s art collection and were returned to Turkey, more than half a century after looters smuggled them out, during an exhibition at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
People visit the main exhibition hall of Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
People visit the main exhibition hall of Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The mosaics are being exhibited at Gaziantep’s Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

Source: The Associated Press

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