German Citizen Returns Ancient Olympia Marble Fragment to Greece

A chunk of a stone gutter from the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, which was illegally taken from Greece some 80 years ago, has been voluntarily returned by a German citizen.

Greece’s Culture Ministry said that the 75-centimeter-long ancient marble fragment was handed over to the Greek embassy in Berlin.

It is now stored at the museum of ancient Olympia, in southern Greece, where the Games were held in antiquity from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D.

A ministry statement said the unnamed German donor believed the chunk may have come from the stadium, where most of the ancient events were held. It didn’t say how he acquired it.

Ancient Olympia had an extensive stone drainage network to prevent flooding.