Updated: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:42:02 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Greek priest caught digging for treasure

A Greek Orthodox priest and his assistant have been caught digging for buried treasure, police said Friday.


Greek priest caught digging for treasure

Greek priest caught digging for treasure

The pair were caught red-handed late Thursday after neighbours tipped off the police in the town of Fiska, in northern Greece.

They admitted that they were acting on rumours that archaeological treasures could be found under the church, built in 1854.

Digging for treasure, especially from the Ottoman period, is practically a national pastime in Greece.

Cultural authorities have stepped up efforts against looting of antiquities such as icons housed in churches and monasteries.

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