Stolen and recovered archaeological finds become museum

Inaugurated in Agropoli with Paestum and Velia park director

04 November, 18:06

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, 04 NOV - A permanent museum has been inaugurated in Agropoli near the town of Salerno in southern Italy with archaeological finds that were stolen and but later recuperated by the financial police.

    The initiative, promoted by provincial commander Gen. Danilo Petrucelli, was shared by Paestum and Velia Archaeological Park director Gabriel Zuchtriegel.

    The idea took shape during the recent inauguration of the new offices of the Agropoli company, named after Costabile Di Sessa, a member of the financial police upon whom a medal of value was bestowed after his sacrificed his own life as part of doing his duty during WWII.

    It is in the offices of these barracks that the opening ceremony for the exhibition was held.

    Among the many finds recovered are ones that were seized starting in the 1970s from tomb raiders who seriously damaged the ruins through their illegal excavations.

    Although it is considered the ''best conserved city of Magna Grecia'', with origins that date back to Pre-History, Paestum and its value is still relatively unknown.

    A wide-ranging project to draw attention to it is underway alongside new excavations and in-depth study of the materials conserved.

    The research will focus on ''public archaeology'', fostering citizen involvement. (ANSAmed).

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