Slow compensation thwarts fight against antiquity smuggling

15 Dec 2014 8:26 AM | Anonymous
Slow compensation thwarts fight against antiquity smuggling

Avraam Primoudis tries to keep his footing in the slippery mud. “There are monuments scattered all around,” he says pointing at the farmland around his property, just a few kilometers from the ancient tomb at ancient Amphipolis, Macedonia. I look, but I can’t see anything but plowed fields.

We are standing at the location where this farmer from the village of Nea Kerdylia in Serres had found a big hole after a spell of heavy rain. Inside lay a Hellenistic tomb filled with gold offerings.

“There were many things inside. A necklace, a ring with snake heads, a paper-thin gold foil with one stone on the edge,” Primoudis’s wife, Stella, says. “We gave all the stuff to the archaeological service. We’re no thieves. We want the antiquities to stay in Greece,” she says.
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