One-hundred priceless ancient artifacts were recovered and two people were arrested in Thessaloniki in a coordinated operation on Thursday by the Athens security police's antiquities smuggling division and culture ministry services. The two detainees will be taken before a Thessaloniki prosecutor, while two more suspects were wanted.

The artifacts were presented by authorities to prime minister Geroge Papandreou later Thursday at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, where they were transferred for examination.

The "items of inestimable value", as they were described, included gold, silver, copper and clay arfifacts of varying sizes, dating back to the late 6th century to the 5th century BC.