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The Hittite sculpture was sent to the Hatay Archeology Museum to be restored by a professional team.

The Hittite sculpture was sent to the Hatay Archeology Museum to be restored by a professional team.

Turkey is set to unveil another ancient statue Aug. 6, following the reveal of a Hittite sculpture that made headlines several weeks ago, according to Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay.

The minister spoke during a visit to Sanliurfa, and said the ministry "would try to introduce another gift to Turkey" on Monday.

"Don't ask me where it came from or what it is," the minister said. "It is very special though. Just follow the [news] agencies on Monday."

Gunay had earlier presented a newly discovered Hittite sculpture in Hatay’s Reyhanlı district.

The sculpture shows motifs similar to other Anatolian figures, but is very different from other discoveries uncovered so far, said Günay. Although it is made of basalt stone, the eyes of the sculpture are artificial.

The Hittite sculpture was sent to the Hatay Archeology Museum to be restored by a professional team. The excavation team working at Tell Tayinat comes from all over the world, including Canada, Turkey, and the United States.

August/11/2012

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Murat

8/12/2012 8:00:42 PM

Well, we are lucky to have a minister beaming with pride and joy next to such a valuable find. Hope Erdogan does not rain on his parade! As mentioned before, Turks are privilaged to be the safe keepers of so much antiquity and so many wonderful relics and history. It is a huge responsibility on behalf of mankind. We all need to enjoy and better appreciate the richness of this land.

Yıldız pascale

8/12/2012 10:58:07 AM

Turkis Governments and People have acknowledged that fact a long time ago and have been allowing and opening all avenues to the world to explore its inland and seas. Most sites have been discovered and explored by foreign Archeologists, mainly Austrian and German.

Nathan Random

8/12/2012 1:30:04 AM

"Don't ask me where it came from or what it is," the minister said.....wow nice work minister

onder mehmetoglu

8/11/2012 11:50:57 PM

I can't wait to hear the expert of every thing and the art critic PM to call the sculpture as freak (ucube)!

MacNamara Bakero

8/11/2012 5:08:50 PM

I applaud this discovery and the public exhibition. Basically, due to the enormous amounts of antiquities in the land which is now Turkey, the country is akin to an open-air museum...I would say that Turkey ows it to humanity to explore, allow others to explore and exhibit antiquities found, as the land Turkey currently occupies, was a land of many civilisations, mostly Greek, Roman and Byzantine...from Ephesus to Troy and countless other sites, the ancient past comes alive!
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