Astypalea: Authorities recover antiquities from illegal excavation

The police announced that officers from the Cultural Heritage and Antiquities Department recovered thirty seven ancient…

The police announced that officers from the Cultural Heritage and Antiquities Department recovered thirty seven ancient artifacts from an illegal excavation, which were then hidden in a cave in the Vatses area on Astypalea.

According to the report, an archeologist for the Ephorate Paleoanthropology and Speleology estimated that the artifacts – mostly pottery fragments – dated back to the Final Neolithic Period (about 4,000 BC), the Classical and Hellenistic Period as well Late Antiquity.

The authorities are now searching for the illegal excavators.

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