By Cathy Elelman • 05 February 2020 • 11:06
POLICE have seized nearly 500 items considered of archaeological interest with no documentation to show their legal origin which were dug up by a Roquetas de Mar metal detector enthusiast.
Officers from the Environment and Heritage Protection Group of the Police Unit Assigned to the Andalucia Autonomous Community in Almeria were made aware of the possible infringement of the law by the regional government’s territorial delegation with responsibility for heritage and culture.
An interview with the individual in question, along with inspections and an analysis by personnel from the Provincial Archaeological Museum, revealed he had pieces including an Arabian ‘hamsa’ amulet found in the Tabernas castle area.
Also among his finds were more than 250 Roman and Arab coins, medieval and Roman nails, pieces of metal with inscriptions, a Roman fish hook and a ceramic bowl.
The Andalucia Historic Heritage Law article only allows the controlled use of metal detectors: they can only be used on the region’s beaches with prior authorisation by the Culture and Historic Heritage regional ministry.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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