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26 October, 2021
 
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American couple arrested at Athens airport with antiquities

Some pieces were from the Acropolis Hill of Athens

Kathimerini Greece Newsroom

Two American nationals were arrested at Athens’ international airport on Monday after fragments of ancient vessels and other objects were discovered in their luggage.

The Oklahoma-born couple, both aged 64, had been travelling to Greece with their 32-year-old son and were heading to Istanbul to continue their holiday.

He also told police that he teaches Greek history and that he wanted the fragments to display them to his students and his flock in church.

During a routine x-ray luggage check, officers found 65 fragments of ancient vessels and objects packaged in 14 transparent plastic bags in the man’s suitcase and another eight fragments in two bags in his spouse’s bag.

The man, a pastor, admitted that he had collected the objects from the Acropolis Hill of Athens, the Heptapyrgion (Yedi Kule) of Thessaloniki, Delphi, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Agora of Thessaloniki, the Areopagus in Athens and the Byzantine Towers of Veria.

He also told police that he teaches Greek history and that he wanted the fragments to display them to his students and his flock in church.

The artifacts are believed to date to the Roman and Byzantine period, according to an archaeologist from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Eastern Attica who examined them, adding that they fall under the provisions of the law on the protection of antiquities.

The two suspects were led before a prosecutor in Athens and were to face charges of illegally trading in antiquities.

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