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Ancient site found near Rome, 'tomb raiders' foiled


Rome, September 4 - Police have foiled 'tomb
raiders' looting an ancient Roman archaeological site near the
capital that was previously unknown to the Italian authorities,
investigators said on Wednesday.
The site is located near the ruins of a temple devoted to
Juno ''The Saviour'' at Lanuvio, in the Castelli Romani (Castles
of Rome) - a cluster of towns southeast of Rome.
Investigators saved five marble elements from works of
architecture, coins, the ruins of a number of buildings, and
over 24,000 terracotta fragments attributable to the late
Republican and imperial period.
Investigators also found tools presumably being used for
archeological theft, including metal detectors, two-way radios.
The authorities commandeered 17,000 sq meters of farmland
where the ruins of monumental walls were brought to light by the
illegal excavation.
Lazio regional authorities said the site and artifacts
recovered were of great scientific interest due to the size of
the discovery, the state of its preservation and the location,
near an important Roman temple.
Investigators noted that in recent months, 500 cultural
works have been seized and five people charged in unrelated
operations to protect Italy's heritage.

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