[intro]There’s a Pretty Good Precedent for Dealing with the Elgin Marbles[/intro]
In the hubbub around the opening of the Acropolis Museum, a major American museum–The Cleveland Museum–returns 14 works to Italy that the country says were looted:
The Italians maintained that they had been looted from sites in Sicily, Sardinia, Apulia and Campania. An accord between the museum and the culture ministry was signed in November and the artifacts — which date from the 9th century B.C. to the 14th century A.D. — will now be returned to museums in their regions of provenance. The museum will receive long-term loans of similar works in exchange.
Cleveland Museum Returns Works to Italy (Arts Beat/New York Times)