German couple stopped at Milos airport with amphora

Two German nationals arrested at Milos airport on Saturday after an ancient amphora was discovered in their luggage were to face charges over the weekend of illegally trading in antiquities.

The two Germans, a 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, were detained by police at the airport on the Aegean island after one of their bags was found to contain the amphora, which is 32 centimeters in height with a tapered base. The artifact is believed to date to the Roman period, according to archaeologists who examined it but who did not provide an estimate of its value.

The amphora is to be sent to Culture Ministry authorities for further assessment.

Meanwhile the case file of the two alleged smugglers was submitted to a prosecutor on the island of Syros, the administrative capital of the Cyclades group of islands.