Italy unveils record haul of looted antiquities

Date:

Share post:

Authorities have unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer.

Italy unveils record haul of looted antiquities
Antiquities recovered by Italian Carabinieri, military police, are displayed at Terme di Diocleziano museum during a press conference in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Italian authorities have unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer. The carabinieri police’s art squad estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and frescoes at some 50 million euros. The works, from the 8th century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D., were laid out Wednesday at the National Roman Museum and may go on public display. Carabineri Gen. Mariano Mossa said it was “by a long shot the biggest recovery in history in terms of the quantity and quality of archaeological treasures.” They were found during an investigation into Basel-based art dealer Gianfranco Becchina, accused by prosecutors of being part of a huge trafficking network [Credit: Claudio Peri/AP]

Police estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and frescoes at about 50 million euros ($58 million). The works, from the 8th century B.C. to the 3rd century, were laid out Wednesday at the National Roman Museum and may go on public display.

Italy unveils record haul of looted antiquities
Antiquities recovered by Italian Carabinieri, military police, are displayed at Terme di Diocleziano museum during a press conference in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Italian authorities have unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer. The carabinieri police’s art squad estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and frescoes at some 50 million euros. The works, from the 8th century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D., were laid out Wednesday at the National Roman Museum and may go on public display. Carabineri Gen. Mariano Mossa said it was “by a long shot the biggest recovery in history in terms of the quantity and quality of archaeological treasures.” They were found during an investigation into Basel-based art dealer Gianfranco Becchina, accused by prosecutors of being part of a huge trafficking network [Credit: Claudio Peri/AP]

Carabineri Gen. Mariano Mossa says it was “by a long shot the biggest recovery in history in terms of the quantity and quality of archaeological treasures.”

Italy unveils record haul of looted antiquities
Carabinieri Gen. Mariano Mossa, left, and Italian Culture minister Dario Franceschini pose for photographers near Antiquities recovered by Italian Carabinieri, military police, are displayed at Terme di Diocleziano museum during a press conference in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Italian authorities have unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer. The carabinieri police’s art squad estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and frescoes at some 50 million euros. The works, from the 8th century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D., were laid out Wednesday at the National Roman Museum and may go on public display. Carabineri Gen. Mariano Mossa said it was “by a long shot the biggest recovery in history in terms of the quantity and quality of archaeological treasures.” They were found during an investigation into Basel-based art dealer Gianfranco Becchina, accused by prosecutors of being part of a huge trafficking network [Credit: Claudio Peri/AP]

They were found during an investigation into Basel-based art dealer Gianfranco Becchina, accused by prosecutors of being part of a huge trafficking network.

Source: Associated Press [January 21, 2015]

ADVERTISEMENT

spot_img

Related articles

Atlas of the RNA universe takes shape

As the floor plan of the living world, DNA guides the composition of animals ranging from unicellular organisms...

Twin jets pinpoint the heart of an active galaxy

An international team of astronomers has measured the magnetic field in the vicinity of a supermassive black hole....

Galactic archaeologists uncover new insights into how initial stars and galaxies formed

A team of galactic archaeologists has uncovered new insights into the formation of the earliest stars and galaxies...

Largest group of fossil humans are Neanderthals after all

The world's largest known sample of fossil humans has been classified as the species Homo heidelbergensis but in...

Archaeological site from Peking Man era unearthed in NE China

Chinese archaeologists said they had discovered another important site of human activity dating back 300,000 to 500,000 years,...

Biologists find genetic mechanism for ‘extremophile’ fish survival

A Washington State University biologist has found the genetic mechanisms that lets a fish live in toxic, acidic...

34,000-year-old organisms found buried alive

It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient...

‘Monumental’ building complex discovered at Qantir in Egypt’s Nile Delta

At the ancient city of Piramesse, which was Egypt's capital during the reign of the King Ramses II,...