Un­seen Trea­sures

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The late ar­chae­ol­o­gist Hein­rich Sch­lie­mann would re­count how his wife, Sophia En­gas­trome­nou-Sch­lie­mann, an avid fan of Homer, would sit by an watch him at work from morn­ing to night at some ex­ca­va­tion site or an­other. When Sch­lie­mann dis­cov­ered a hoard of im­pres­sive jew­elry, uten­sils and tools made of gold, sil­ver, am­ber and bronze hid­den un­der the floors of third cen­tury BC build­ings in Troy, Sophia kept a part of the find­ings. Fol­low­ing her hus­band’s death, she do­nated th­ese finds to Greece’s Na­tional Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum in 1892 and to­day th­ese ves­sels, adorn­ments and mar­ble idols – among other ar­ti­facts – have been taken out of stor­age and put on dis­play un­til July 30 in the Hall of the Al­tar as part of the in­sti­tu­tion’s “Un­seen Mu­seum” ini­tia­tive. Na­tional Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum, 1 Tositsa & Patis­sion, tel 213.214.4800, www.na­mu­seum.gr

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