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Italian police seize 18,000 illegally excavated artifacts

Police in Italy have recovered an astounding 18,000 ancient artifacts which were illegally excavated from various sites near Rome.

Police have also sealed off three illegal dig sites previously unknown to archaeologists, they said in a statement: a necropolis dating from the Roman empire, a Roman villa and a sanctuary used by the Aequi people, who lived in an area northeast of Rome in the fourth and fifth centuries BC.

The items impounded include ancient artworks, Roman sarcophagi and engraved stones known as stela.

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Story: AFP | Photo: AFP

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