updated 10/31/2010 3:55:45 PM ET 2010-10-31T19:55:45

A Macedonian police spokesman says authorities have seized parts of a bronze burial chariot dating from the second century A.D. as part of an operation to recover stolen antiquities.

"The found objects are only part of a ceremonial Roman period chariot. ... It is believed that the other parts have been sold on the antiquities black market outside the country," police spokesman Ivo Kotevski told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Two people have been charged with "concealment."

More than 4,000 artifacts, some 2,000 years old, have been recovered in police raids since June. A total of 29 people have been charged, including two police officers and a former mayor. Police say they are members of a crime ring aiming to sell stolen antiquities abroad.

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