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The Archaeological Museum 'La Soledad' of Caravaca recovers about 20 Iberian pieces that were stolen in 2014 (27/03/2018)

Following the instructions of the Court Number 1 of Mula, the Civil Guard has delivered to the City of Caravaca de la Cruz about twenty archaeological pieces, which were stolen in 2014 from the funds of the Municipal Archaeological Museum 'La Soledad'.

Most of the elements recovered by the Historical Heritage Group of the Civil Guard belong to the deposit of the Iberian tumular necropolis 'El Villar', located in the hamlet of Archivel, although there is also a small set of ceramic elements and part of the a capital in fairly good condition of the 'Cerro de la Ermita' of La Encarnación.

So far, about 20 pieces have been located, of the 43 that were illegally stolen from the Archaeological Museum 'La Soledad' premises in February 2014, as detailed by the municipal archaeologist, Francisco Brotóns.

These were located by the Civil Guard in the framework of the operation 'Operation Lignum', among the thousands that were intercepted in the house of a neighbor of Bullas, and it is possible that the rest of the stolen items will also be located shortly, since for the most part the pieces are clearly identified.

Among the pieces that have already been returned to the City of Caravaca de la Cruz, through the Archaeological Museum 'La Soledad', are glasses, plates and tinajillas of painted Iberian ceramics, as well as a circular loom weights, among others.

The Iberian tumular necropolis of Archivel, where most of the recovered pieces come from, is located next to the old natural route that put the Mediterranean coast in communication with Alta Andalucía, following the fluvial courses of the Segura, Argos-Quípar rivers and Guadiana Menor.

To date, 113 tombs of different types have been excavated that housed the ashes of the deceased, often accompanied by various trousseau objects, especially weapons and weaving weights.

It must have been linked to a secondary nucleus in the hierarchy of the Iberian settlement of the high basin of the Argos and Quípar rivers that has not yet been located.

It presents a diachronic development that includes without solution of continuity from the 4th century BC to the 1st century BC, maintaining the zone the cementerial character until the beginning of the 2nd century AD

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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