ATHENS, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Greek police have uncovered a large amount of ancient Greek and Roman antiques of "countless and priceless value" from a villa on the small island of Schoinoussa in the Cyclades, Greek media reported on Sunday.
The artifacts include dozens of sculptures, treasures, vases and amphoras from ancient Greek and Roman times. A headless Venus statue, three marble busts, a prehistoric clay figurine and two ancient Egyptian pots were also found.
All of the articles were discovered in a remote villa which is being used by a Greek shipping family that lives in London permanently. Police suspect that the objects are the product of illegal excavations around the eastern Mediterranean region and are hidden on the remote Schoinoussa island to escape investigation.
Greek police have set up an antiquities squad to conduct searches for ancient items on different islands and to fight against international smuggling of antiquities. A senior prosecutor took over the latest case.