Greece's first overseas archaeological institute, set to operate in Rome, will open its doors in late January 2006, the government reiterated on Thursday.
Similar state-supported institutes are planned for Cyprus, the Ukraine, Albania, Alexandria and Romania, Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis said on Thursday, during a briefing of reporters.
Meanwhile, in response to a relevant question, Tatoulis referred to a second letter received by the government from the US-based Getty Museum, following Athens' demand for the return of four ancient artifacts held by the museum, items believed to have been illegally excavated and shipped out of the country.
He said Athens' next steps in its case for the artifacts will be determined next month.
I've always wondered why Greece (and Italy) never seemed to have such institutes (does Italy have such things in South America?).