As crisis bites, illegal digs are on the rise

18 Jun 2012 11:31 AM | Anonymous
 
As crisis bites, illegal digs are on the rise

Prompted by Greece’s severe economic crisis, a growing number of treasure hunters are scouring the country in search of antiquities and other treasures.

The trend, which is more evident in the country’s northwestern Macedonia region, is not only driven by economic necessity but also by the cash-strapped state’s failure to protect its ancient heritage.

“Illegal digs have always been carried out around the mountains in this area,” Kavala archaeologist Sofia Doukata told Kathimerini. “But the practice has recently turned into a sport,” she added.

 

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_15/06/2012_447341

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