The investigations that allowed the work to be returned to Italy were conducted by the Carabinieri of the Cultural Heritage Protection Command (TPC), coordinated by the Taranto Public Prosecutor’s Office with the important support of the District Attorney’s Office of Manhattan-New York (USA ) and with the close collaboration of Homeland Security Investigations. The search started when the military discovered that a well-known suspect in crimes against cultural heritage, making use of an organization with international ties, had carried out a series of trafficking in archaeological finds , the proceeds of a clandestine excavation in the province of Taranto.
During the investigative activities it was discovered that the well-known trafficker had played a role in the excavation and illicit export of the ‘ Orpheus and the Sirens’ sculpture group . In the new layout of the MArTA , in addition to the sculptural group of ‘ Orpheus and the Sirens ‘, the recent findings are also on display as a result of the activities carried out by the TPC Operations Department to combat the illicit trafficking of cultural assets. These assets were recovered from the United States of America in a period between December 2021 and the last few weeks: an impressive corpus of works with numerous pieces of archeology from various civilizations.
Present at the presentation press conference were, among others, Vincenzo Molinese , Commander of the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Massimo Osanna , Director General of Museums, Eugenia Pontassuglia , Public Prosecutor in Taranto, Rinaldo Melucci, Mayor of Taranto. VIDEOS :
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