Lonely Planet Writer

Looting of antiquities on the rise in Greece

Greece  is facing a big challenge in protecting its cultural heritage, as the looting of antiquities is on the rise and there is a strong demand for them on the black market.

Temple of Aphaia Aegina, Greece.
Temple of Aphaia Aegina, Greece. Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

According to the Greek police, recently there has been a significant increase in the number of first-time offenders, meaning that people with no prior criminal record are resorting to looting in order to make a profit during the economic crisis in this country.  At the same time the agencies responsible for the protection of Greece’s antiquities have limited resources because of government budget cuts. Read more: news.nationalgeographic.com