Libyans recover looted Roman antiquities

By the Associated Press | November 26, 2011 | 6:55 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities have unveiled 17 ancient Roman figurines, which they say revolutionary forces seized from Moammar Gadhafi's soldiers during the battle for the capital Tripoli.

Director of the state antiquities department Saleh Algabe showed the recovered objects to reporters on Saturday, hailing the find as an important recovery of national treasures.

The pieces include a female figurine and several small human busts in marble, as well as two pottery fragments. Albage said they date back to the second and third centuries A.D.

He says the pieces were seized from a truck on the road to Tripoli's airport on August 20, as revolutionary forces were entering the capital. He says it appeared Gadhafi's forces wanted to smuggle them out of the country and sell them.