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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-19

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Antiquities returned to Greece

  • [01] Antiquities returned to Greece

    Culture Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday addressed a special event held at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens to mark the return of hundreds of ancient artifacts to Greece by Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.

    The majority of the antiquities on display dated from the 5th to the 2nd centuries BC, apart from a section of a Byzantine-era carved window sill or architectural element dating from the 11th-12th century AD, possibly from the Plaka area in Athens, that was presented to the Greek Embassy in London by a private citizen.

    The artifacts returned by Belgium were handed over by the Belgian School of Athens, while those from Germany are believed to originate from a Hellenistic-era graveyard in Thessaly and were found and confiscated by German customs authorities in Nuremberg in May 2007, inside a truck from Greece.

    Noting that the items had found their way back to Greece through both voluntary private initiatives and organised state intervention, Samaras said that this reflected a change in attitudes.

    "Today, societies are coming to realise more and more that cultural goods are not just works of art and creations of a specific historic moment but valuable links in the historic identity and continuity of peoples," he said.


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