A vase of significant archaeological value was returned from Famagusta

A Cypriot antiquities was handed over to the Cypriot authorities

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The Antiquities Department of the Deputy Ministry of Culture announces that, on June 17, 2024, a Cypriot antiquities was handed over to the Cypriot authorities in Berlin by the Alexander Malios Research Institute for Cypriot Heritage and Archaeology, based in Leipzig, to be repatriated to Cyprus. The antiquities were handed over by Mr. Malios to the Deputy Minister of Culture, Dr. Vasiliki Kassianidou, in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Berlin, Ms. Maria Papakyriakou, and the Commissioner of Antiquities, Ms. Eftychia Zachariou.

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Specifically, the founder of the aforementioned Institute, Mr. Alexandros Malios, after being informed by the Cypriot authorities that he had acquired an ancient object, which had been illegally exported from Cyprus, decided to hand it over to the Cypriot authorities with the aim of its repatriation. It is a ceramic skyphos, a small open vessel, from the 8th century BC. with written representations of birds and geometric patterns adorning its surface. The object was recorded in the registers of the Department of Antiquities in Famagusta before 1974 and published in archaeological publications since 1970. As a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation of more than 36% of the territory of Cyprus, the antiquities were illegally exported from Cyprus and have been unknown since then. , as well as a very large number of cultural objects that were in the areas, which are not currently under the effective control of the Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus.

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The Department of Antiquities would like to warmly thank Mr. Malios, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus in Leipzig, for informing the Authorities and for handing over the ceramic scyphos. Heartfelt thanks are addressed to the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Berlin and especially to Ambassador Maria Papakyriakou and Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Dimitris Dimitriou, whose contribution was decisive for the positive outcome of the case.

The Department of Antiquities, as the competent Department of the Republic of Cyprus for the protection and management of the archaeological heritage of Cyprus, will continue its intensive efforts to protect the cultural heritage of both Cyprus and other countries, always in close cooperation with the National Committee for the Suppression of Trafficking and Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Heritage. These efforts include, among others, the intensification of efforts to locate, claim and repatriate antiquities, which have been illegally exported, the control of the importation of cultural objects, the development of new technologies in this field, the strengthening of the training of the personnel of the competent Authorities in issues of combating the illegal trafficking of antiquities and the awareness of the public, whose role is decisive for the protection of our common cultural heritage.