A man who recently purchased an apartment in the Greek city of Thessaloniki made a shocking discovery in its attic consisting of two ancient Roman-era marble heads.
Along with the sculptures, the 35-year-old man also uncovered other items that could be considered antiquities.
Man finds ancient marble heads in apartment in Greece
Due to the country’s rich ancient history, Greece has very strict laws to protect its cultural heritage and archaeological sites.
Greek Law 3028/2002, “On the Protection of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in general,” restricts the ownership of ancient artifacts, and protects them when they are uncovered accidentally, such as in cases where construction or farming unearths the antiquities.
Under this law, all ancient artifacts uncovered either on purpose or accidentally must be reported to the appropriate authorities within 15 days. It is of course illegal to steal or take any ancient property home.