U.S. Repatriates Artifacts to Lebanon

Lebanon Castor Pollux StatuesNEW YORK, NEW YORK—According to a statement released by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, twelve antiquities were repatriated to Lebanon this week by New York and federal authorities. The artifacts, recovered from private collections, include twin marble sculptures of the Greek mythological figures Castor and Pollux dated to the fourth century A.D.; a bronze statuette of a man pouring a libation dated to the first century A.D.; and nine mosaics depicting gods, gladiators, and mythical beasts. “These pieces sat in apartments, storage units and museums when they should have been in Lebanon,” said Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., the Manhattan district attorney. The objects were recovered during ongoing investigations conducted by the D.A.’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. To read about massive stones uncovered at a 2,000-year-old quarry in Lebanon’s Bekka Valley, go to “History’s Largest Megalith.”

Source: archaeology.org

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