Treasure trove of stolen Italian artifacts found in Illinois home

Published on June 10th, 2009 | by Admin


FBI officials have discovered over 3,500 stolen ancient artifacts in the Berwyn home of John Sisto. Included in the find are documents written by popes and kings.

“There was stuff all over the house in boxes. The most valuable stuff from the Vatican was on the second floor in the attic,” Kushner said. “It just goes to show you, you never know what you’ll find in a bungalow.”

The artifacts and documents date back as far as the 4th Century B.C. and include parchments and manuscripts from Pope Paul III in the 1500s and Pope Paul V in the 1600s. A collection of small statues, known as the Canosa artifacts, is believed to have been taken from an Italian chapel where the objects were offered as devotions to God. Letters from Kings Charles V from 1534 and Ferdinand II from 1847 also were included.

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