NEWS

5th century BC…

Artifacts dating to the 5th century BC are seen yesterday at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens after being returned from Germany, Belgium and Britain. Greek authorities reclaimed more than 100 clay fragments and coins held by the Belgian Archaeological School, 70 funerary offerings seized by German police in Nuremberg in 2007 and a marble fragment from a Byzantine church donated by a British ceramist. ‘Societies increasingly realize that cultural goods are not just art objects but vital links to peoples’ historic identities and continuity,’ Culture Minister Antonis Samaras said.