Limassol police, in a coordinated operation on Wednesday morning, involving the Antiquities Department recovered a large amount of antiquities in three Limassol district communities.
The operation was within the framework of a wider European Union effort to combat the illegal trade in antiquities involving 20 EU member-states, UNESCO and the US.
Acting on information received on suspected Greek Cypriot illegal traders of antiquities, police searched various properties of eight suspects that are well known to police and have a history of illegal antiquities trading.
Police discovered over 200 clay vessels of various sizes and types from the Hellenistic and Ottoman eras as well as some items of items of cultural and religious importance in a house in Pissouri.
In Erimi, over 100 Hellenistic period antiquities were discovered while a search in Moutagiaka uncovered 22 Roman and early Christian coins.
None of the items retrieved had the relevant certification from the Antiquities Department, and police are continuing their investigation