Wednesday 7 March 2012

Committees for the Estimation of Antiquities from Olympia and Chalkidiki

An estimation committee for the definition of the monetary value of the 77 antiquities that were stolen on 17 February 2012 from the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity, in Ancient Olympia, was approved by the Central Archaeological Council.

It is comprised of Panos Valavanis, professor of Classical Archaeology at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Olympia Vikatou, head of the 36th Eporate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Christos Liagouras, archaologist of the 7th Eporate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.

The Council also assigned an estimation committee charged with defining the monetary value of the 9000 coins and 1780 other items that ere confiscated on the 3 March 2012 as part of a police operation by the Police Directorate of Chalkidiki in 13 Prefectures of Central and Northern Greece, during which 44 people were arrested. Many of these objects are dated to a recent period and some are fakes.

The committee is comprised of Despoina Ignatidou, Archaeologist of the Archaeological Museum of Thessalonike, Eleni Pipelia, Archaeologist of the Direction of Docuentation and Protection of Cultural Goods and Vasiliki Misailidou-Despotidou, head of the 16 Eporate.

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