Management at the National Roman Museum was surprised to recently receive a bulky package postmarked from Atlanta, Georgia.
It contained a fragment of ancient marble that was inscribed with the message: ‘To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017.’
The package also had a letter from a young woman named Jess who sought forgiveness for taking something that was not ‘rightfully mine,’ according to the Guardian.
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The National Roman Museum in Rome recently received a package containing an ancient piece of marble that was scribbled with the writing: 'To Sam, Love Jess, Rome 2017.' The package included a letter from an American tourist apologizing for stealing the artifact
Museum officials are unsure of where the artifact was taken from, though it is thought to have been swiped at the Roman Forum (above), the site of important political and religious activities in Ancient Rome dating back to 500 BC
‘I feel terrible for not only stealing this item from its rightful place, but placing writing on it,’ she wrote.
‘It was a big mistake on my part and only now, as an adult, do I realize just how thoughtless and despicable it was.’
Jess wrote that she tried to wash off the message, which she inscribed using a black marker pen. But she was unable to erase the writing.
Museum officials are uncertain of the exact place from where the marble was taken, though it is thought to have originated at the Roman Forum, a site of important political and religious activities at around 500 BC.
‘From its tone we imagine it was a young woman,’ Stephane Verger, the director of the National Roman Museum, told Il Messaggero newspaper.
‘In 2017 she must have come to Rome, and took this fragment of marble in order to gift it to her boyfriend.
‘It made an impact on me precisely because she is young - she understood that she had made a mistake.’Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
This is the second time in two months that a North American tourist shipped back ancient artifacts that were stolen from a historic