February 28, 2021

The Civil Guard retrieves a Celtiberian sword of "incalculable value" and another 91 pieces in Burgos | Culture

The Civil Guard retrieves a Celtiberian sword of "incalculable value" and another 91 pieces in Burgos | Culture


Celtiberian sword of the fourth century BC confiscated in Burgos. Seprona / Video: EFE

A specialized website announced it: for sale Celtiberian objects from the 4th century BC. But instead of presenting buyers, the Civil Guard did, who confiscated in the homes of Toledo and Burgos 92 "objects of incalculable value": swords, pods, flanges, horse bites … In addition, 23 grams of cocaine, two grams of heroin, a precision scale and other objects related to drug trafficking. There are already four detainees, but there could be soon one more, in the call Operation Muserola, in reference to the strap that attaches to the saddle flange. They are accused of various crimes of damage to an archaeological site, misappropriation and reception.

The Celtiberian spearheads that were for sale on a website caught the attention of the Nature Protection Service of the Civil Guard (Seprona). The advertiser was arrested after discovering 50 metal pieces of "notorious antiquity" and "recent spoliation", which are currently in the Museum of Burgos for study and restoration. As a result of these investigations, the agents located the deposit, the spoilers, the sellers and the receivers. Homes and premises were registered in Toledo, Burgos and Cantabria.

The pieces confiscated by the SEPRONA.
The pieces confiscated by the SEPRONA.

According to the report prepared by the experts, the objects come from a "votive deposit" (offerings on altars). Among the recovered pieces, most of iron, spearheads, a sword, dagger blades, horse bites, museros, regatones … Interestingly, some had been restored with "a certain rigor," says the Civil Guard, "for facilitate their resale or simply plastering them for collector's reasons ". Among them stands out a sword type "La Tène" (Iron Age) of which there is no specimen in Burgos, only two in Soria and Ávila, as well as a dagger scabbard type "Monte Bernorio-Miraveche" (fortified city of Cantabria).

The investigations have also allowed locating the place of the pillage, a Celtiberian settlement that was cataloged. The operation has been directed by the Court of Instruction No. 2 of Burgos and Environmental Prosecutor's Office, where the proceedings have been delivered, and coordinated by the Seprona de la Comandancia de Burgos.

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