Recovered from a looting the ancient sword of a warrior

The Iberian falcata, together with other archaeological pieces also recovered by the Police. / R. C.

The piece, an extraordinary Iberian falcata dated between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, was sold on a well-known social network by a resident of Jaén

J. M.

Agents of the National Police have recovered an Iberian falcata of great historical value from a looting. The recovered sword, dated between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, was located through a publication on a well-known social network.

The recovered Iberian falcata consists of a bird’s hilt, with possible traces of silver on the blade, and is in a very good state of preservation and integrity. Likewise, the fact that the piece has not been amortized – that is, the uselessness of the weapons by bending their blade with blows when the warrior to whom they belong dies and is buried so that no one can use them – significantly increases its value, since it is very rare to find parts in this state.

The agents have arrested one person and have recovered another 202 archaeological pieces. The falcata is a curved-edged sword originating in pre-Roman Iberia and constitutes one of the most emblematic native knives of antiquity. This curious name is not original Iberian, but was given by Fernando Fulgosio in the 19th century in reference to the shape of its blade. The term itself derives from falcatus, a Latin voice that means falconada, that is, in the form of a falcon or provided with a sickle.

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The investigation began when the police of the Heritage unit learned of the existence of a publication, in a well-known social network (the Police has not clarified which one), in which a user carried out a query in relation to a falcata Iberian, with a bird’s head hilt, from a looting. After several police steps – and with the aim of confirming the existence of the archaeological piece, determining its location and recovering it – the agents managed to identify the person who was offering it for sale, turning out to be a Spanish citizen residing in a town in the city. province of Jaén.

After several steps, they verified that the investigated had in his possession the falcata, which is why they intervened the piece and detained him as the alleged perpetrator of a crime against historical heritage and another of misappropriation.

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