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Rome recovers looted art

June 07, 2008|From the Associated Press

Police in Rome said Friday that they had recovered more than 2,000 looted artifacts and 1,500 fragments worth more than $4.6 million.

The items include a fragment believed to belong to a 5th century B.C. wine cup by Greek artist Euphronius, which was returned by L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum in 1999. The cup had been looted from an Etruscan site near Rome and now is on display in the Italian capital.

The items were recovered in three investigations earlier this year in private homes in and around Rome, authorities said. No arrests have been made. Other Roman and pre-Roman artifacts that turned up included fragments of bowls, vases, statues and columns.

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