Boston Museum Returns 13 Ancient Works to Italy

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After months of negotiations, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on Thursday formally turned over 13 archaeological treasures to Italy that cultural officials here say were looted from Italian soil.

At a signing ceremony at the Italian Cultural Ministry, Malcolm Rogers, the Boston museum’s director, pledged his institution’s cooperation in halting plunder in archaeological source countries.

“We’re committed to seeing the end of illegal excavations and the illicit trade in archaeological works of art,” Mr. Rogers said. He emphasized that the two sides had formed a collegial relationship. “This is a new era of legality,” he said. “That’s why it’s very important to see the objects here in Rome.”

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