Antiquities Returned to Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   A special event was held on Tuesday (19.5) 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 returned antiquities date from the 5th to the 2nd centuries BC, apart from a section of a Byzantine-era carved window sill 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. Addressing the event, Culture Minister Antonis Samaras said that the return of artifacts, either through private initiative or by state intervention, reflects a change in attitudes as people increasingly realise that cultural artifacts are not just pieces of art, but precious links to a people’s historical identity. Reuters (19.5): Antiquities returned to Greece