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Case for Parthenon Marbles’ return boosted


Drawing on data gleaned from 19th century Ottoman archives, Acropolis Museum director Dimitrios Pandermalis has challenged claims by the British Museum that Lord Elgin had obtained permission from the sultan when Greece was under Turkish rule to transfer the Parthenon Marbles from Athens to London.

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Earliest photos of Greece on show in NY

The earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Jerusalem, taken in the mid-19th century, will remain on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until May 12.



Petrified trees uncovered during power project


A team of experts hoists the petrified trunk of a 20-million-year-old tree on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, Friday. The tree is one of several recently discovered on the island’s western flank during digging for a major Public Power Corporation project, prompting the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest to put together a team of experts to safely remove the fossil from the site and relocate it to its exhibition space. [Stratis Balaskas/ANA-MPA]