Police find antiquities in bar on Koufonissi

Police confiscated more than 100 ancient vases and marble fragments during a raid on a Lesser Cyclades island restaurant, authorities said yesterday. Officers from the special antiquities squad seized dozens of complete pots – including 10 large vases used to transport wine and food – as well as a rare bronze double ax and four marble column bases, police said. The raid took place on Wednesday on the small island of Koufonissi. Several of the antiquities had been on public display, built into the bar’s walls, police said. They did not provide dating for the artifacts, but said most appeared to have been fished out of the sea. The bar owner was not arrested as archaeologists tried to establish whether certain of the antiquities had been declared to authorities, police said. (AP)

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