MU to partner in study of Italian antiquities

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Students at the University of Missouri in Columbia will be the first in the nation to take part in a massive study of ancient Roman artifacts that have been stored in the Italian capital for more than a century.

Chancellor Bowen Loftin joined officials of the Italian government and Rome's Capitoline Museums in announcing the partnership Monday.

The three-year project, dubbed "The Hidden Treasure of Rome," will bring about 100,000 artifacts to U.S. universities to be studied, restored and catalogued. The University of Missouri is the first institution to be chosen for the work.

About 250 ancient ceramics have already arrived in Columbia for study at the university's Department of Art History and Archeology.

The project is being funded by the North American subsidiary of Italy's Enel Green Power.

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