From the English version of Gazzetta del Sud:
Investigations into the activities of four tomb raiders in the Alban hills near Rome have led to the discovery of a previously unknown site containing ancient Roman votive offerings. The ex-votos date from the fourth to the second century BC and include life-sized statues and depictions of parts of the human anatomy in terracotta offered to the ancient Roman goddess Juno. Police caught the tomb robbers in action as they were stealing the devotional objects from a natural cavity in a tufa wall near Lanuvio and Genzano that did not appear on archaeological maps of the area. The cavity appears to be linked to a nearby sanctuary dedicated to Juno the Saviour via a network of caverns and tunnels. The discovery is considered important as it testifies to the existence of a workshop once producing prestigious terracotta objects in the area. Investigators believe the stolen ex-votos were destined for the international collectors’ market. Police found other ancient artefacts including sepulchral items mostly dating to the Etruscan era during their search of the tomb raiders’ homes. photo: statue of Juno in Quirinale Palace.
- via: Tomb raiders lead to new archaeological find (Gazzetta Del Sud)
Roma Today includes a video (not sure why I didn’t have sound) where they appear to be reenacting the find of the artifacts, along with shots of everything that was found there … it’s quite the haul and the photos accompanying much of the Italian coverage (including GdS) don’t really do it justice:
- Tombaroli fermati dalla Guardia di Finanza a Lanuvio (Roma Today)