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Marble fragment lifted from Ancient Olympia 80 years ago returned

A stolen fragment of a marble gutter, which was taken from the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and illegally taken to Germany, has been returned by a German citizen, the Ministry of Culture announced.

Marble fragment lifted from Ancient Olympia 80 years ago returned

The ancient artefact was delivered to the office of the Greek Embassy in Berlin by a German, who said that it was probably transferred from the Stadium of Ancient of Olympia to Germany in the 1930s.

The director of excavations in Olympia, Reinhard Senff, was also notified and the fragment was transferred by plane to Athens on August 10 and then to Ancient Olympia to the Archaeological Museum. Following a first inspection it is believed to be part of a gutter.

Parts of an advanced network of water pipes and gutters, used for irrigation purposes and the draining of rainwater, are still visible today in Ancient Olympia.

Source: Greek City Times [August 23, 2017]

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