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The Civil Guard recovers about 20,000 archaeological and paleontological pieces (22/12/2017)

It is a private collection located in three homes of Librilla

Some of the paleontological pieces could be millions of years old

It has counted on the collaboration of the Historical Heritage Service of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, within the framework of the 'Plan for the defense of the Spanish Historical Heritage', has developed the operation 'TRILOBITO', which has allowed to seize nearly 20,000 archaeological and paleontological pieces in three homes in Librilla.

The operation began when the Civil Guard, in the framework of the BALNEUM operation, carried out in June of last year, seized more than 200 archaeological pieces in the town of Torres de Cotillas (Murcia).

This first investigation allowed to know that a neighbor of the locality of Librilla could possess an important quantity of pieces and material of archaeological and paleontological origin, some of them coming from the pillage of archaeological sites and others bought or obtained through barter, during thirty years of years.

The investigators found out that their owner had recently died, so they cited one of their relatives to inform them of the regulation in the matter according to Law 4/2007 on Cultural Heritage, of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, regarding the possession of pieces of archaeological or paleontological value.

Seized in three Librilla homes

His current owner voluntarily agreed to the examination of three buildings, located in Librilla, where nearly 20,000 pieces were seized.

It treats of ceramic and metallic pieces of different nature, like ceramic glasses of type tulipas, objects of copper arseniacado or axes polished in stone and metal.

Numerous hand mills, miners clubs, unguents, Iberian and Roman loom weights, small idols and sling projectiles, among others, have also been intervened.

Apparently, the chronology of archaeological materials covers an area set from the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras, passing through the respective cultures that settled in the territory of Murcia.

These remains could belong to Lorca deposits, as well as Totana, Pliego and Librilla.

Paleontological pieces of millions of years old

In addition to the multitude of archaeological objects, thousands of pieces of paleontological or fossil type have also been seized.

These include specimens of urchins, bivalves, large scallops or ammonites, as well as limestone blocks with fossil corals, most of them in an excellent state of preservation despite their apparent antiquity.

This material, supposedly, could have been part of afloraciones located in the towns of Moratalla, Jumilla, Mula, Archena and Sangonera-Murcia.

It is estimated that the rest of the objects seized are the result of the purchase and barter that the possessor of the same took place for decades.

The Law 4/2007 of Cultural Heritage, of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, which regulates the protection of Historical Heritage, establishes that within a maximum period of one year from its entry into force, any natural or legal person, public or private, has the obligation to participate to the body with regional competence in this matter, the possession of this type of pieces.

In the case investigated this was not only not carried out, but the collection was increasing over the years.

Close collaboration of the Benemérita and the Historical Heritage Service of Murcia

The operation TRILOBITO, developed by agents of the Civil Guard specialized in archaeological patrimony, has counted on the collaboration of technicians of the Service of Historical Patrimony, of the General Direction of Cultural Assets of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia.

According to experts in the field, some of them, because of their uniqueness, would be unique pieces for museum collections in the Region.

The Civil Guard has completed the operation 'TRILOBITO' with the seizure of about 20,000 pieces of archaeological and paleontological origin, in three homes of Librilla.

The confiscated objects have been deposited, for their custody and later study, cataloging and inventoried in dependencies of the Archaeological Museum of Murcia.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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