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December 04, 2012

Dallas Museum Returns Turkish Mosaic, Citing Theft Suspicion

The Dallas Museum of Art sent an 1,800-year-old marble mosaic it acquired in 1999 to Turkey on Monday after determining that it was probably stolen from an archaeological site, writes The New York Times. The voluntary return is part of the Dallas museum's plan to more actively pursue exchange agreements with foreign institutions.

Museum director Maxwell Anderson said the Turkish government had long searched for the mosaic, which is believed to have come from the floor of a Roman building in southeastern Turkey. Turkish officials have recently stepped up efforts to reclaim antiquities housed in major world museums.