Spanish police seize ancient plundered vase from owner of an antique shop in El Campello

06 Jan 2013 1:04 PM | Anonymous

Spanish police seize ancient plundered vase from owner of an antique shop in El Campello
 
 


In this picture released by the Spanish Interior Ministry on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, a very rare vase from late second century BC that was seized by police after it was found in an antique shop in the town of El Campello, eastern Spain. Officers seized the object during a routine inspection and arrested the shop owner for allegedly receiving and handling the plundered antiquity of almost incalculable historical importance. The vase is nearly 22-centuries old and was allegedly taken from an Iberian era archeological site in the Spanish province of Alicante. AP Photo/Interior Ministry.

By: Harold Heckle, Associated Press
 
   
MADRID (AP).- The owner of an antique shop in Spain was arrested after police investigators found a vase there dating back to the late second century B.C., officials said Saturday.

The antiquity had been illegally plundered from an Iberian era archeological site in the province of Alicante, an Interior Ministry statement said.

Inspectors found it in a cardboard box during a routine search of the shop in the eastern town of El Campello.

"We are not yet aware of the full importance of this discovery, but in 20 years' time we will still be talking about this vase," said Jose Luis Simon, an expert from the cultural heritage service of the Ministry of Culture.

Simon said the piece showed decorative paintwork from the Iberian era that tells the story of a hunter who had managed to kill a wild boar, one of the rituals of the time that proved a youth had attained the status of manhood.


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