Arrest of black archaeologists

Two local residents, accused of violating legislation on the protection of antiquities and cultural heritage in general, were arrested yesterday afternoon in the area of ​​the municipality of Festos by officers of the Messara Police Department in Heraklion.

During the search, 12 coins of different eras were found and seized from those arrested, i.e. items covered by the Antiquities and Cultural Heritage Act in general, and two metal detectors. Other artifacts were also confiscated from black archaeologists, which will be submitted for examination to establish their cultural value.

After determining the scale of the illegal activities of “ardent amateurs of archeology” who have made a business out of a hobby, a verdict will be passed. A preliminary investigation is being conducted by the Festos Police Department.

Recall that in Greece, such “black diggers” are periodically caught and punished, in accordance with the law. By the way, sometimes hobby is fatal. Last year, diggers choked to death on a generator in a cave they were examining for hidden treasure, and another was blown up during excavations at a WWII war site.

And here’s another case. Just a couple of weeks ago, police arrested the followers of the cult hero of the adventure film Indiana Jones, who are looking for treasures near Larissa.

According to local media reports, the four friends decided to find treasures that they believed were hidden during the Turkish occupation or during the Second World War. Taking the necessary equipment with them, a group of guys arrived on the territory of the forest and got down to business. The black archaeologists had some pretty decent matching equipment: a metal detector and improvised tools.

Treasure hunters began digging holes in various parts of the area, but were unable to find what they were looking for until the police found them, resulting in a clandestine excavation to be completed.

The alleged gold diggers were arrested and taken to the prosecutor’s office of the Larisa district court, which brought them to justice for violating the law on forest lands and conducting illegal excavations. The metal detector, tools and equipment in their possession were confiscated.

According to local media reports, the four friends decided to find treasures that they believed were hidden during the Turkish occupation or during the Second World War. Taking the necessary equipment with them, a group of guys arrived on the territory of the forest and got down to business. The black archaeologists had some pretty decent matching equipment: a metal detector and improvised tools.

Treasure hunters began digging holes in various parts of the area, but were unable to find what they were looking for until the police found them, resulting in a clandestine excavation to be completed.

The alleged gold diggers were arrested and taken to the prosecutor’s office of the Larisa district court, which brought them to justice for violating the law on forest lands and conducting illegal excavations. The metal detector, tools and equipment in their possession were confiscated.





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