Monday, October 31, 2011

Libya Did Witness The Biggest Theft In Archaeological History?

A gang of thieves in Libya have targeted the priceless treasures of gold and silver, estimated to date at the time of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC).

The thieves took the pieces, known as the treasure of Benghazi, after drilling through a concrete roof at the National Bank of Commerce of Benghazi, the Daily Mail

Besides the coins, several artifacts, including monuments and statues of bronze, glass and ivory, as well as jewelry, bracelets and lockets, also believed to have been seized by the thieves.

Most of the treasures of Benghazi on Libyan soil came after a mass recovery of the collection between 1917 and 1922 in the temple of Artemis at Cyrene - an ancient Roman city, now the Libyan territory.

During the Second World War, much of this treasure was exhibited at the Museum Africa, Italy, in Rome. However, concerning the land of Libya in 1961 and has remained in the bank.

According to experts, could be a song called "one of the largest in the history of archaeological theft."

While the break-in was originally supposed to have been part of the rebellion against the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, Walad Hafed, an archaeologist working on the Libyan King `s College in London told The Sunday Times, could have been "working` insiders'.

"He seems to have been done by people who knew what they wanted."

The tax was valuable because of its historical value, the Italian archaeologist said Serenella Ensoli, Second University of Naples.

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