Archive for February 24th, 2012

24/02/2012

Herakleion Archaeological Museum: closed in 2006 for two years’ renovation; still closed now…

Herakleion Archaeological Museum in Crete is one of the most important museums in Greece, even internationally. It has a beautiful collection from the famous archaeological site of Knossos. Before the crisis, the museum attracted 295,000 tourists a year; and the site attracted up to 700,000.

At least during the summer months, even the replacement temporary exhibition attracted 800-1,200 visitors a day; but there was and is a temporary collection, because the museum has been closed since 13th November 2006.

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24/02/2012

Geroulanos to ‘exhaust all avenues’ in Olympia case; and absorb all flak for systemic heritage security problems

As blogged on Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues and Things You Can’t Take Back, Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos’s offer to resign has been rejected; or, at least, it has ‘not been accepted‘ (yet).┬áRather, Papademos has asked Geroulanos ‘to “exhaust all avenues” in the probe’ (to absorb all the flak for the robbery and the investigation).

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24/02/2012

Police detain suspect for Olympia museum robbery

Kathimerini has just reported that police have ‘detained’ a ‘foreign national’ on suspicion of involvement in the armed robbery of the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games.

Update (2nd March 2012): apparently, the perpetrators ‘remain at large’; so, the police did not have any forensic evidence (either fingerprints or DNA, either at or near the scene of the crime); and the guard did not identify the suspect detained by the police (if he was a suspect rather than an informant).

I have left the following blog post as it was after the 25th February update.

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