The looting that continues in Greece today in order supply the illegal antiquities market is extensive. Below is a selection of evidence of looting from only the past five years. Looting for which there is no official evidence is immeasurable.
The owner of a cafeteria in eastern Athens arrested on charges of trading in illegal antiquities.
Greek police arrest two men trying to sell several artifacts, including a bronze sculpture of Alexander the Great from the 4th century BC.
Two men aged 53 and 49 have been arrested in Athens and charged with antiquities theft after a search of their car on Wednesday night revealed an Attic white lekythos dating to the Classical period.
Divers plunder Greece’s underwater antiquities.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of a man on charges of possessing illegally procured antiquities in Lamia.
Police in Fthiotida questioned a 65-year-old man on charges of illegally trading in antiquities.
A 36-year-old woman in Olympia has been arrested for illegal possession of a small collection of antiquities.
A family of farmers faced a Larissa prosecutor for allegedly using their bulldozer to dig antiquities out of an archaeological site in central Greece over the New Year holiday.
Police in Karditsa question a 54-year-old man from the nearby town of Lazarina after discovering a huge cache of illegal antiquities in his home. A search of the man’s home unearthed hundreds of coins, urns and other artifacts dating to the Hellenistic and Byzantine periods. The cache included more than 600 bronze coins and dozens of fragments of bronze artifacts.
Police in Kalambaka, central Greece, yesterday arrested two people after an inspection of the car in which they were traveling unearthed two ancient artifacts and deposit books for five different bank accounts.
Five people have been arrested and two more are being sought near Serres in northern Greece on suspicion of illegally digging up antiquities, police said yesterday. The seven suspects also face charges of illegally carrying weapons and explosives. Officers said they seized the equipment used by the group to excavate ancient relics.
A 62-year-old man has been arrested in northern Athens on suspicion of possessing illegally excavated antiquities, police said yesterday. The unnamed man was taken into custody after more than 30 artifacts were found in his home.
Thieves broke into two churches in the mountainous area of Kalabaka, central Greece, and stole priceless icons.
Police in northern Greece arrest two men for trying to sell dozens of illegally excavated antiquities.
A 42-year-old man is arrested in the prefecture of Rhodope on suspicion of being in possession of several illegally excavated antiquities. Officers found in his possession six bronze coins from the Classical era, eight bronze coins from the Byzantine era as well as various pieces of ancient jewelry. Police also found a metal detector at the man’s home.
Police in Lamia arrest two local men, aged 43 and 33, they believe to have been involved in the trade of illegally acquired antiquities and drugs. The pair were caught after allegedly selling a selection of ancient artifacts – a warrior’s helmet, ancient coins and a wooden cross – to a third party.
Three people are arrested in Athens and Thebes, central Greece, on suspicion of trading in illegal antiquities, police said yesterday. A 61-year-old woman and 35-year-old man were arrested in Athens after allegedly trying to sell 17 artifacts to an undercover officer.
The 48-year-old owner of a jewelry store in central Athens and her 50-year-old supplier are arrested after police seized hundreds of illegally acquired antique coins and jewels and discovered a workshop that has allegedly been used to produce forgeries of these antiquities.
Police arrest a man from Trizinia, near Epidaurus in the Peloponnese, for allegedly stealing more than 300 icons from churches.
A man from Athens was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing ancient artifacts, police said yesterday. A raid on the man’s home revealed a number of items from the Hellenistic and Classical eras, according to officers.
Greek police find more than a thousand artifacts raiding a suspect’s house near the southern city of Corinth.
Man detained after taking artifacts from archaeological site in Argos. The unnamed man was caught at the Elefsina toll station, west of Athens, as he was allegedly on his way to meet a potential buyer in the capital.
Police seize hundreds of ancient coins stashed away by a 70-year-old barber in northern Greece.
Police in Salonika arrest a 54-year-old man found in possession of a number of undeclared antiquities. The Globe and Mail (Canada) July 1, 2006, WEEKEND REVIEW; THIS JUST IN; Pg. R6