More than 2,000 years after a warrior last used it somewhere on the Iberian Peninsula, a rare, magnificent – and looted – sword has been recovered by Spanish police who tracked it before it could be sold online.
East Roman falcata, A double-edged sword used by the Iberians between the fifth and first centuries BC, was seized along with 202 other archeological fragments, which Policía Nacional officials called “a popular social media site.”
The sword was discovered between the third and first centuries BC, especially because of the original condition of its blade. Such as falcatas There were personal weapons, they had a tendency to bury with their owners, their blades were deliberately tilted and beaten to keep them out of the use of others. This one, however, is an intact blade.
“The investigation began after officers discovered that a social media user had posted about Iberian on a popular site. falcata, Along with the bird’s head, which was looted, “Polisia Nacional said in a statement.
“After various attempts to confirm the existence of the archeological piece, to determine its location and to retrieve it, investigators have been able to track down the person who offered it for sale, a Spaniard who lives there. [Andalucían] Jane County. “
Police said that there was no damage to the weapon falcata “Significantly, its value increased because it is very rare to find examples in this case.” Authorities also recovered other pieces, including arrowheads, jewelry and ceramic fragments.
Swords and other artefacts have been seized and a man has been arrested on charges of trespassing and possession of historical property.
According to Spain National Archaeological Museum, falcatas, The knives, which could also be cut, were complex, efficient and functional weapons, often filled with symbolic value associated with the property and social status of their owners.
“A complete design process was used to define and tailor falcata According to the needs of its users, “reads an entry on the website of the respective museum Next falcata It was found in the neighboring province of Cर्डrdoba.
“There was nothing left for chance to make sure it did its job as much as possible … The result is a consistent and rigid design. -Adge blade makes it versatile. “