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Police find trove of antiquities in central Greece shed

Photo released by the Greek Police.

The Larissa branch of the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in central Greece is trying to identify a large cache of relics found by police in a shed in a rural part of Elassonas on Tuesday.

During a raid on the property at the foot of Mount Olympus, police found dozens of items dating to the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman era. Most striking among them was a large collection of 289 coins spanning different periods, as well as dozens of ornate metal decorative items and jewelry.

Officers also seized a metal detector.

A 47-year-old man who owned the shed has been arrested and faces charges of antiquities theft.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday March 18, 2014 (15:36)  
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