Monday 11 April 2011

Museum Returns Athens Marble to Greece

Newspaper de Volkskrant reports that Leiden's Museum of Antiquities is returning to Greece a small marble fragment of the Athens Acropolis. The fragment, measuring 15 by 5 centimetres, seems to be a fragment of "a cornerstone located just above a column". The stone was taken fifty years ago from the site by a Dutch tourist, who recently tried to donate it to the National Museum of Antiquities. The Museum, unsurprisingly, refused the donation because this souvenir was taken out of Greece illegally, and instead has decided to return it to Greece. Nice to see a museum with a conscience.

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