ARCHEOLOGICAL ITEMS SEIZED FROM ILLEGAL DIGGERS
Precious archaeological items dating from the 3rd century B.C. up to the 3rd century A.D. have been found in the homes of two brothers in village Marvinci.
The items date from the Macedonian-Hellenic period and have enormous cultural value. They include 11 coins, 20 fragments of terracotta figure, lead fragments, glass, spear tops etc.
“These individuals excavated the items with the help of detectors at site Isar Marvinci”, said Minister of Interior Gordana Jankuloska at Tuesday’s press conference, adding that one coin can be sold at a price of Euro 5,000 on the Internet.
Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska stressed the amber fragment dating from the 7-6 century B.C., an iron spear, plates etc, adding that research is carried out at 16 archaeological sites in Macedonia.
The items will be given for expertise, whereas perpetrators will be charged.
MD: Illegal digging of artifacts is still a big problem in Macedonia, however the government is improving the situation of protecting artifacts over the last year.