Archaeology strains German-Turkish relations | Europe | DW.DE | 27.04.2013
... according yet again to Hermann Parzinger, who keeps making these claims (see here) when the Turkish Ministry of Culture refuse to behave like good little children and do what he says.
Ernst Pernicka - "long-time head of excavation in Troy" - supports Parzinger ... but oddly the article fails to mention that the Germans lost the excavations at Troy (see here - the rumour is that it is not because of funding issues).
As I've tried to point out before, I have no problem with Turkey's new approach to cultural property (here), because it is an autonomous country (and not part of Großdeutschland).
One of Pernicka's "issues" is:
Another problem Pernicka sees is that Turkey is keen to conserve the sites and use them for tourism rather than for ongoing research. The government wants "archaeology in action." But that often gets in the way of research, says Pernicka.
The Turkish historian Edhem Eldem is also unhappy about the expectation that foreign archaeologists are expected to ensure that their sites are suitable for tourists. He puts it down to "growing nationalism" and the victory of economic interests.Hmm, I thought Turkey's "issue' was the way the Germans didn't bother to secure material, and got fed up with thefts. That the odd object here or there goes missing is understandable, but as the Turkish Minister of Culture made clear (here):
German archeologists have been overseeing excavations at Göbekli Tepe, he said, adding thatUpdate - apparently "a total of 11,000 sculptures went missing" was a translation issue. But items have still gone missing from German digs in Turkey, which rather invalidates the argument that antiquities are better off there.
a total of 11,000sculptures went missing from the site in 2010. “I am not accusing them of stealing, however, this is evidence that they are not giving sufficient importance to security issues.”
I should also point out that since Switzerland cracked down on looted antiquities and ancient coins, the new hub has become Munich.