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The Central Archaeological Council (CAC) has recalled the permit for the 9-story building that hides the view of the Acropolis, after the outbursts of the citizens.
Initially, the CAC had given permission for the erection of the building back in September 2018. However, according to the suggestion of the Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Directorate, it was found that the building (about 32 m high) would cause visual obstruction to the Acropolis monuments, and would affects the surrounding environment.

The CAC decision is somewhat delayed since the skeleton of the building has already been erected! Now we will see what measures will be taken for the  demolition of  the building.

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To Κεντρικό Αρχαιολογικό Συμβούλιο (ΚΑΣ) ανακάλεσε την άδεια του 9ώροφου κτιρίου που κρύβει την Ακρόπολη, μετά από τις κατακραυγές του κόσμου.
Αρχικώς, το ΚΑΣ είχε δώσει την άδεια ανέγερσης τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2018, αλλά σύμφωνα με την εισήγηση της διεύθυνσης των Προϊστορικών και Κλασικών Αρχαιοτήτων, διαπιστώθηκε ότι το κτίριο (ύψους περίπου 32 μ.), θα προκαλέσει οπτική βλάβη στα μνημεία της Ακρόπολης, και θα θίγει το γύρω περιβάλλον.

Η απόφαση του ΚΑΣ είναι κάπως καθυστερημένη αφού ο σκελετός του κτιρίου έχει ήδη ανεγερθεί! Τώρα θα δούμε τι μέτρα θα παρθούν για το γκρέμισμα του του κτιρίου.

These actions are nothing less but Looting of artifacts, and the ones who removing them from their place of origins are thieves.

 “It’s a matter of principle, similar to the Elgin Marbles,” Fareed Yasseen, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States, tells NPR.

“The (Parthenon) Elgin Marbles are marble sculptures that stood in the Acropolis of Athens in ancient Greece. They were removed and shipped to Britain in the early 1800s, while Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire.”

And the “excuse” of the thieves is:

“The provenance of the Assyrian relief provides a glimpse into the freewheeling world of archaeology in the 19th century, when English archaeologist Austen Henry Layard was given permission by the Ottoman sultan to excavate Nimrud and ship off whatever he found to patrons and friends.”

All these sound very familiar!

See full article published by the National Public Radio (NPR) Record-Setting Sale Of An Ancient Assyrian Stone Relief Sparks Looting Fears In Iraq


 

Easter Islanders Ask British Museum to Return Sacred Statue, Offering Replica in Return

The Rapa Nui community has offered a basalt replica of the eight-foot, four-ton sculpture called Hoa Hakananai’a, which was stolen in 1868.

 “The eight-foot-tall Moai sculpture at the British Museum is called Hoa Hakananai’a, which translates to “the stolen or hidden friend.” This name is fitting, since the four-ton statue was stolen from the island in 1868 by Royal Navy captain Richard Powell, and presented as a gift to Queen Victoria. She donated it to the national museum in London in 1869.”

“As reported by Agence France-Presse, Easter Island’s Ma’u Henna community, with support from the Chilean government, has offered to swap out the original piece at the British Museum for a replica…”

It is time for the British Museum to act in good faith, recognize the illegal acquisitions of artifacts and return them to their origins.

See full articles:  The GuardianArtDaily.org | Hyperallergic art forum |  PDF.

Sources: Above links and article by: Sarah Rose Sharp

 

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