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MFA Returns Looted Art to Italy

Today, more than a dozen valuable antiquities from the Museum of Fine Arts are back home in Rome. Italian authorities yesterday unveiled vases, pottery, and a sculpture apparently looted from archeological sites in Europe, smuggled overseas, and then bought by the Boston museum.

The M-F-A returned the items as part of a deal with Italy's Ministry of Culture. Both sides say their agreement will help squash the illegal trade in antiquities, but skeptics question whether that can ever happen. WBUR's Curt Nickisch reports.

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This program aired on September 29, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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