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The antiquities illegally appropriated by a 65-year-old man in Laconia (photo: Hellenic Police).
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Laconia: Arrest for violation of the law regarding antiquities

A number of movable monuments were confiscated

According to a statement by the Greek Police, a 65-year-old man was arrested by police officers on Tuesday, May 21 in a region of Laconia for illegal possession of antique movable monuments.  A case was filed against him for violating the law on the protection of antiquities and cultural heritage in general and on the appropriation and trafficking of criminal products.

While investigating a case involving the illegal possession of antique movable monuments, a police squad from the Department of Cultural Heritage and Antiquities of the Attica Security Directorate identified the 65-year-old man in a region of Laconia and after investigating two of his properties found and confiscated a considerable number of antiquities.

The confiscated antiquities were shown to a competent archaeologist of the Laconia Ephorate of Antiquities who ruled that they come under the Law of Antiquities and of Cultural Heritage Protection.

They include parts of a Roman grave stele and of a Hellenistic fluted column, a marble Hellenistic architectural member, a couple of two handled Hellenistic amphorae, two sections of the body of a Hellenistic vase, the base of an Ionian column of the Roman era, three Hellenistic tablets, a small Late Antiquity amphora, an intact Early Christian two handled amphora, a Hellenistic prochous and 27 fragments of amphorae from the Hellenistic and Roman eras and Late Antiquity.

Also confiscated were a fishing boat and diving equipment which were used to carry out the criminal act.

The confiscated artefacts will be handed over to the Archaeological Museum of Sparta for their safekeeping.

1. Translated into English by Archaeology Newsroom