Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Over 2,000 looted artefacts seized in 2012

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Rome, April 23 - Carabinieri police seized more
than 2,000 pieces of illegally obtained artifacts in 2012, as
well as six antique paintings, an yearly report revealed
Tuesday.
Confiscations fetched an assessed worth of 35 million euros
and brought to light unprecedented treasures, such as an
extremely rare set of Samnite armor - complete with helmet -
from the 5th century B.C.
The Samnites lived in southern areas of the Italian
peninsula, and were subjugated by the Romans after a series of
wars that ended in 290 B.C.
Other recoveries included a bronze bucket with Etruscan
incisions, a decorated pot cover from the 7th century B.C.,
precious excavated jewelry and ancient Greek vases.
Six important 17th- and 18th-century paintings were also
seized by the Carabinieri's special unit for cultural assets in
2012.
The operations led to charges filed against 13 people for
receiving and possessing illegal archeological material.
Among the defendants is the owner of a small interior
design business who, in addition to furnishing various villas in
Rome with precious, antique marble, also provided clandestinely
excavated archeological materials for mosaic floorings.
A large quantity of tiles and marble flooring from Ancient
Rome were found crammed in two containers, ready to be deployed
in private homes, probably abroad as well as in Italy.

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