A Greek goat herd and his accomplice have been arrested following their attempts to sell an ancient Greek statue that was illegally excavated.
Greek police recovered the statue concealed in a goat pen near the village of Fyli. The two men had been attempting to sell the ancient artifact for a fraction of its estimated value of €12 million ($16 million), hoping to net €500,000.
Athens News reported police have entrusted the statue to the "archaeological service, which says it is of priceless historical value."
According to Newsday detectives are keen to determine where the statue was excavated as it could potentially lead to more important discoveries. The recovered statue of a young woman is of the kore type. The statue is marble and dates to around 520 B.C.
Earlier this month Digital Journal reported the J. Paul Getty Museum in Californa returned two illegally excavated ancient Greek artifacts to Greece.