‘Ancient Turkey’ Hall Renamed ‘Anatolia and Urartu’ in British Museum

Zapyur Batikyan points out a new sign in the British Museum of its "Anatolia and Urartu" hall, previously named "Ancient Turkey" (Source: Facebook/Zapyur Batikyan)
Zapyur Batikyan points out a new sign in the British Museum of its "Anatolia and Urartu" hall, previously named "Ancient Turkey" (Source: Facebook/Zapyur Batikyan)

Zapyur Batikyan points out a new sign in the British Museum of its “Anatolia and Urartu” hall, previously named “Ancient Turkey” (Source: Facebook/Zapyur Batikyan)

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—The “Ancient Turkey” hall of London’s British Museum has been renamed “Anatolia and Urartu,” according to Armenpress, citing one of the leaders of the initiative, Zapyur Batikyan, who wrote about the change on her personal Facebook page.

“Of course, I would prefer it to be named Armenia or Armenian Highlands, but this was the first step towards restoration of justice. First and foremost, I am thankful to late Mrs. Karine Ghazinyan, Ambassador of Armenia to Great Britain, who supported my initiative, as well as to the Minister of Culture, and those Armenian and British historians who had their contribution to this work”, Batikyan wrote, expressing gratitude to those who helped organize the petition and gathered over twelve thousand signatures.

The British Museum was established in 1753. It is the main archeological museum of Great Britain and the previous British Empire. It is the second most popular museum in the world, after the Louvre.

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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    The term “ancient Turkey is a misnomer, Turkey didn’t even exist before ca. 10th century AD.

  2. Arn.Sweden. said:

    Well –
    I would rather believe that Urartu was the Hurrian name of their Kingdom and,
    the Hurrians are the Kurds of today.

    In early History I think the Indoeuropean peoples stemming from this region,
    was wery close to eachother according to language,
    and therefore wery difficult to distinguish.

    The Indoeuropeans descendants of Japheth their Fater –

    Genesis 1021st Century King James Version (KJ21)

    10 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and unto them were sons born after the flood.
    2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

    Gomer – The Forefather of the German People.
    Magog – The Forefather of the Chinese People(Compare Bankok).
    Madai – The Forefather of the Median(Kurdish) People.
    Javan – The Forefather of the Greece People.
    Tubal – The Forefather of the Turkish People(Compare Tubolsk).
    Meshech – Forfather of the Moskovites(Moskov).
    Tiras – Forfather of the Latin People(Compare Tirans,Tiraspol).

    Arn.Sweden.

    • Greg said:

      I was actually doing a research as to who the sons of Shem, Ham and Japheth were and where they settled.

      The tribes of Japheth went to Asia Minor and westward.

      Ham, after the tower of Babel and Cush’s (black) son Nimrod went south westward which is the land of Canaan, including Sodom and Gomorrah and Saudi Arabia and Africa.

      Shem partly stayed in Babylon (Arphaxad or probably the Kashdim/Chaldeans) and the rest moved to Syria (Aram) , Assyria (Asshur), Elam/Persia and I think Lud are the Asians.

      So Abram’s father left Ur of the Chaldees and moved to Haran in Syria. And later Abram came and settled in Canaan.

      Japheth’s sons:
      Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

      Japheth’s sons are Gomer (Cimmerians and Germany especially Ashkenaz his son, since the Jews who settled in Germany are called the Ashkenazi Jews).

      Magog: the Caucasus mountains and perhaps the northern parts.

      Madai: The Medes who allied with the Persians from Shem’s line.

      Javan: The European part of the Mediterranean. The Ionians

      Tubal: The Georgians (Tbilisi).

      Meshech: Russians (Moscow)

      Tiras: Thrace.

    • Arthur said:

      “I would rather believe that Urartu was the Hurrian name of their Kingdom and,
      the Hurrians are the Kurds of today.”

      What in the name of God do the Hurrians have to do with the Kurds of today? Get your facts straight.

  3. Diane Kupelian said:

    What a joy to see actual history reclaimed. There is no such thing as “ancient Turkey.” That’s because Turks are not native to Turkey; they are native to Turkmenistan, and the other Turkic speaking areas of Asia. Anatolia and Urartu is the accurate title. Thank you!

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