A slab of marble with an ancient inscription was confiscated by the Hellenic Police in the area of Vathy in Evia.
The object is of great historical value and, subsequently, is of big financial value as well. It was hidden under stones in a dirt path, inside a bag for the transport of agricultural products.
Archaeologists who examined the finding characterized it as extremely important, and noted that rendering of the text could provide important information about life in ancient Greece.
The marble slab was shown to the head of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Chalkida, who said that it is a processed marble stone (measuring 50 x 22 cm), bearing an ancient Greek inscription and a decoration of Acanthous, of the Hellenistic or early Roman era.
The antiquity‘s origin is estimated to be an ancient sanctuary or ancient market and falls under the protective provisions of the law on “protection of antiquities and cultural heritage in general.”
The valuable object is to be delivered for guarding and final assessment at the Athens Epigraphical Museum, while the Department of Cultural Heritage and Antiquities of the Hellenic Police is carrying out a preliminary investigation to identify the perpetrator.