Greek Police has arrested three men on the Aegean island of Kalymnos for plundering ancient shipwrecks and removing more than two dozen intact pottery vases.
“The antiquities dated from the 4th Century B.C. to the late Middle Ages,” the police said in a statement on Monday.
The artifacts, 24 in total, were mostly amphoras and pots, pottery jars that used to transport wine, olive oil and other foodstuffs in ancient cargo ships.
The suspects were arrested in their homes on Sunday, police said.
A fishing boat the men allegedly used to locate and raise the ancient artifacts has been confiscated.
The seized artifacts will be handed out to the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos for final evaluation and storage.
A seized movable monument will be handed over to the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos for storage and final evaluation.
Judicial authorities filed a case against the three Greeks for violating the provisions of antiquity and cultural heritage legislation as well as for accepting and disposing of products of crime.