Friday 28 June 2013

Italian Police Recover Trove of Etruscan Antiquities

Five artefact hunters and collectors are under investigation in Italy for unauthorized excavation of archaeological artefacts, possession of artefacts that belong to the state and receiving stolen goods. The artefacts were recovered under a police operation called Operation Iphigenia (a tip-off involved?):
The archeological artifacts, mostly dating to the third and second century B.C., had been discovered several years ago during a construction project in a neighborhood of modern-day Perugia and were illegally excavated and trafficked on the clandestine art market before being traced by the police. [...] Among the items recovered were 23 travertine marble funerary urns dating to the Hellenistic period from a single tomb complex identified as belonging to the Etruscan Cacni family. Police also recovered other objects from the tomb dig, including a bronze helmet and various ceramic bowls.
Elisabetta Povoledo, 'Italian Police Recover Trove of Etruscan Antiquities', New York Times June 27, 2013,

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