Tomb robbers dug treasures returned to Italy
At least 45 boxes full of archaeological treasures have been returned to Italy a disgraced British art dealer after they were hiding in a warehouse in Geneva, Swiss authorities said.
Swiss investigators suspected that grave robbers illegally Umbria and Lazio regions of central Italy, where the Etruscan civilization thrived 2500 years ago, before the rise of Rome in the ancient cemetery of antiquities dug in.
Etruscans beautiful sarcophagi, or coffins, carved with life-size human figures reclining in particular are famous for producing. Italian Carabinieri art squad before these sarcophagi that could be stolen during an illegal excavation and ports in Geneva francs, or free with information about deposits of ports in March 2014 came to Swiss authorities, the Geneva Public prosecutor’s Office said in a statement last month.
A search, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, led by Claudio Mascotto a warehouse, where they have a rather bas-reliefs, painted vases, paintings, statues and other artifacts among dozens of heads of the two officers found the terracotta sarcophagi brought or votive statues and other religious pieces.
Objects, which officially ceded to Italy in mid-January, was unveiled this week in Rome, the UK Telegraph reported.
Swiss authorities publicly disclose the names of the parties in such legal proceedings do not, the statement revealed that these objects only by “a former high-profile British art dealer, whose name has been linked in the past warehouse space there were many worldwide trading of looted antiquities. “Many media out lets Robin Symes, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, is a businessman who has been forced to return to many of these items as Western art institutions, accused of selling illegal Italian antiquities were quick to add that description tomb robbers.
Christos Tsirogiannis, a forensic archaeologist and researcher at the University of Glasgow project smuggling illegal antiquities trade, culture studies, said he recognized some of the Etruscan antiquities Swiss authorities published photos of the fund “tomb robbers”.
Tsirogiannis a photographic collection that Giacomo Medici, a notorious Italian businessman who was convicted in 2004 for smuggling of antiquities and Symes’ was one of the suppliers had been seized by the authorities to have access. (Symes in the black market for antiques and Peter Watson and Cecilia Todeschini Medicis partnership’s 2006 book “The Medici Conspiracy,” published by PublicAffairs was written.)
Two different images of the Medici collection of Etruscan sarcophagi Tsirogiannis Head Live Science pictures showed. The photo released by the Swiss authorities, these two heads attached to the sarcophagi shows like they had not been broken “tomb robbers”.
“I’m not made to match the Carabinieri, or whether they Etruscan sarcophagi and Symes just because they are repatriating Geneva are found in warehouses,” Tsirogiannis said.
1973 UNESCO Conference in import, export or transfer of ownership of cultural property illegally made. Switzerland signed the agreement in 2003, and has worked on the case, the first national convention for other countries that do not have to return illegal antiquities. Henry della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva judicial authorities in Geneva antiquities found in the free ports was returning to Turkey last year and that there are other cultural property under investigation.
“The prosecutor is very pleased with the conclusion of these proceedings and have been very satisfied Italy reverted to these residues,” said della Casa.
Geneva Free Ports higher taxes and fees, lack of security and the storage space have become popular among art collectors. Italian antiquities in the latest case had been stored there for more than 15 years, and they were registered under the name of a foreign company, Swiss officials said.
Free ports, but ArtNet News reported that this year went into effect changes to the rules for Swiss warehouses, it’s more difficult to hide the illegal antiquities should. Some of these changes in the duty-free warehouses and go out of the box to reveal the contents of a new requirement intended for export and storage of goods at a six-month cap.