Nearly 800 archaeological finds stolen from Italy returned


Italy has recovered from a Belgian collector nearly 800 pieces of illegally gathered archaeological items dating as far back as the sixth century BC. – AFP/Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage pic, June 21, 2021.

ITALY said today it has recovered from a Belgian collector hundreds of illegally gathered archaeological finds dating as far back as the sixth century BC, worth €11 million (RM55.21 million).

The nearly 800 pieces “of exceptional rarity and inestimable value”, including stelae, amphorae and other works, came from clandestine excavations in Apulia in Italy’s southeastern tip, according to the Carabinieri police in charge of cultural heritage.


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