Bulgarian police give antiquities to museum
Bulgarian police give antiquities to museum after seizing artifacts from smugglers
Associated Press
2014-04-14 11:42 PM

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgarian police have handed the remnants of three ancient necklaces to the country's most important museum after seizing the artifacts from smugglers who looted them from archaeological sites.

Police gave the artifacts to the National Museum of History in Sofia, whose collection is among the largest in the Balkans. The museum's collection includes items dating back to prehistoric times.

The museum's director, Bozhidar Dimitrov, says the broken jewelry pieces are among the oldest such items ever discovered in Bulgaria. The pieces date to the third millennium B.C.

Dimitrov says the remnants will be restored and shown to the public.

Police offered no details on how they found and seized the items --nor any suggestion on how the smugglers intended to sell them abroad.

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