Y: U.S. Archaeologist Held in Greece
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- An American archaeology professor was
detained Sunday after an ancient amphora dating back to late Roman
times was allegedly found in his possession, police said.
Michael Martin Kumpf, 55, from Iowa, was detained by police at
Athens international airport after they allegedly found the ancient
unpainted vase, used for storing liquids, in his baggage before he
boarded a plane for Chicago. The vase is nine inches high, police
said in a statement.
The amphorae was apparently discovered during a routine check of
hand baggage, police said.
``According to an initial estimate of a responsible employee of
the Archaeological Museum of Athens, this amphorae belongs to the
late Roman period,'' and ``falls under the regulations ...
regarding the protection of antiquities,'' the police statement
Antiquities are protected by law in Greece, where it is illegal
to excavate, own, sell or buy ancient objects without a special
permit. Kumpf could face a misdemeanor charge of antiquities
Kumpf, whose hometown was not available, appeared before a
public prosecutor and will be held until he appears before a
magistrate Monday, police said.