Thasos archaeological museum celebrates the return of three antique marble relief plaques from The Louvre. The world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris featured the plaques that were found during the excavations in the ‘Passage of Theories’ during the second half of the 19th century.
Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala-Thassos, Stavroula Dadaki, explains the reliefs were discovered in the corridor by archaeologist Emmanuel Miller in 1864 during the first excavation attempted in Thasos. The reliefs feature inscriptions bearing the names of the lords of the island with the reliefs moved to Paris to be featured on display at The Louvre ever since.
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The reliefs were featured in the central position of the Passage des Theories as an essential and expensive constructed structure consisting of the walls of marble orthostates dating back to 480-475 BC. The reliefs provide important evidence of cultural art on the island since archaic times.
The Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala-Thassos and the French Archaeological Scool of Athens are planning a series of events in the summer to honor the return. These artifacts will provide insight into the ancient civilization of Kavala-Thassos.