Italian police in the Sicilian capital Palermo have seized ancient artefacts after several raids which uncovered an alleged operation that used the Internet for selling the finds. Since the beginning of the year Operation Archeweb has found 69 suspicious pieces in the hands of alleged traffickers.
Police specialising in protecting cultural patrimony have seized small Greek, Roman statues, coins, vases and other pieces since the beginning of the year, the police said on Thursday.
The archeological pieces have been handed over to authorities in the Italian culture ministry.
Seven suspects may be charged with receiving stolen goods from illegal archeological digs.
Italy’s rich archeological heritage spans the entire peninsula, including Etruscan tombs and Roman villas. Ancient artefacts found in Italy are considered state property.