April 21, 2007

British scholar returns ancient Greek artefacts

Posted at 12:20 pm in Greece Archaeology, Similar cases

Two more articles on the return of six glazed pieces of pottery to the ancient agora in Athens. As the first piece notes, it is the eighth time in the past year that artefacts taken from sites related to the Acropolis have been returned to Greece.

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British scholar returns ancient artifacts to Greece
Apr 18, 2007, 20:07 GMT

Athens – Amid the ruins of Athens’ ancient Stoa of Attalus, Greeks welcomed the homecoming on Wednesday of six priceless black-glazed ceremonial pottery pieces from the collection of British scholar Martin Robertson.

The miniature artifacts were handed over to the Ancient Agora’s museum following the death of Robertson, the author of ‘A History of Greek Art’. The British scholar, who died in 2004, had acquired the items from American archaeologist Luy Talcott, the recording secretary of the Agora excavations in the 1930s and ’40s.

The artifacts were presented by one of Robertson’s sons, Stephen, at a special ceremony, who stressed that he was bringing a gift by his father to ‘his beloved Greece.’

He said Wednesday’s ceremony can serve to demonstrate to the British Museum that a similar return of antiquities was not impossible.

It is the eighth time over the past year that artifacts taken from Acropolis-related sites have been repatriated to Greece.
© 2007 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Earth Times

Greece regains antiquities
Posted : Wed, 18 Apr 2007 23:57:00GMT
Author : Entertainment News Editor

ATHENS, Greece, April 18 Six centuries-old ceremonial pottery pieces that had been owned by a British collector were returned to Greece Wednesday.

The miniature black-glazed artifacts were turned over to the Athens Agora’s Stoa of Attalus museum under terms Martin Robertson outlined in his will, the Athens News Agency said. The British scholar and collector died in 2004.

Robinson inherited the items from American archaeologist Lucy Talcott, the recording secretary of Agora excavations in the 1930s and ’40s.

The artifacts officially were presented by one of Robertson’s sons, Stephen, who drew attention to Greece’s continuing effort to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

Alexandros Mantis, curator of the Acropolis archaeological site, thanked the Robertson family and noted the artifacts’ return marked the eighth repatriation during the past year of artifacts taken from Acropolis-related sites.

Copyright 2007 by UPI

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