A man was arrested in a Beduin village of Bir Hadaj, South Israel, for illegally looting more than 150 Byzantine-era coins from numerous nearby archaeological sites.
A 1200-years-old temple of Ganesha in Hooli near Saundatti, Karnataka, India, has collapsed due to illegal digging by treasure hunters.
Police officers from Miastko and Szczecin, Poland, were able to recover over 200 archaeological artefacts dating back to Early Iron Age which are said to have been illegally unearthed in Miastko earlier this year. The artefacts consist of vessels and jewellery attributed to the people of Lusatian culture.
Members of an antiquity robbing gang were detained near Tzippori, North Israel, after a hiker spotted suspicious digging in the area of an antiquities site.
Officers of the Guardia Civil in Spain seized over 3000 ancient coins and 20000 artefacts in an operation aimed against illegal looting and trade of antiquities.
Greek Police broke up an antiquities smuggling ring, arresting nearly 30 people and securing over 2000 archaeological artefacts which are said to have been looted from sites all over Greece.
At least three giant tumuli were recently destroyed by illegal looting activity involving use of heavy mechanised equipment in the province of Kastamonu, northern Turkey. Mechanical diggers dug through tumuli near the village of Alpagut leaving a trail of destruction.