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Looted Albanian sculpture returns home
Associated Press
2009-05-21 09:45 PM
A marble sculpture stolen in Albania 18 years ago and taken to Italy has been returned to the country.

The bust of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, was snatched from Albania's Butrinti Archaeological museum and recovered by Italian police from a private home in 2004.

Albanian Culture Minister Ardjan Turku said Thursday that the 30-centimeter (12-inch) bust is more than 2,000 years old. It was discovered during an excavation in Albania in 1932.

Many antiquities were stolen from Albanian archaeological sites following the fall of Communism in 1990.

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