Switzerland returns stolen Etruscan treasures to Italy

Rare Etruscan artefacts stolen during illegal excavations and hidden away for more than 15 years at Geneva’s free port, have been handed back to Italy, the Geneva prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday.  A total of 45 cases of stolen artefacts, including two rare Etruscan earthenware sarcophaguses, bas-reliefs, vases and fragments of decorated vases, frescos, heads, busts, and other antiques, were handed back to the Italian authorities.  Two years ago, Italy requested assistance from Switzerland to track down a stolen Etruscan sarcophagus that was believed to have transited through the Geneva Free Port.  “A search carried out by the prosecutor Claudio Mascotto at warehouse at the customs-free zone at Geneva free port revealed the presence of a treasure – two Etruscan sarcophaguses, rare earthenware pieces of exceptional quality, with lids representing a reclined man and woman – and many other archaeological treasures of great value,” the office said in a …
Source: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/illicit-artefacts_switzerland-returns-stolen-etruscan-treasures-to-italy/41895888?ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss

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