The Guardia Civil has found more than 1,000 archaeological pieces in a private home in Guadassuar (Valencia) during a search in a case of drug trafficking.
The agents have found archaeological remains of ceramics – such as tiles, pots and bowls – dating between the 12th and 18th centuries. Some of the pieces were arranged on worktables for classification and restoration, while others were already restored and displayed in different areas of the home.
Because these effects could come from other types of crimes such as crimes against historical heritage, the officers in charge of the search stopped their activities and requested an extension of the authorisation, in order to continue with the investigation of these new crimes.
Once this new authorisation had been granted, technicians from the Inspection of Historical-Artistic Heritage of the Territorial Directorate of Education, Culture and Sports of Valencia of the Generalitat Valenciana confirm that this finding could be one of the most relevant findings, at least in the Valencian Community, finding unique pieces of incalculable value among the effects.
The Guardia Civil has arrested a 68-year-old man for crimes against historical heritage, against public health -drug trafficking- and illegal possession of weapons, since during the search the agents seized a shotgun and a rifle without the mandatory documentation.
In addition, during the search, 13 beehives were found, some of them with the number deleted and with bees inside. 11 of these hives had been stolen in the town of Buenache de la Sierra (Cuenca) and the other two in Guadassuar (Valencia).
The archaeological remains have been delivered to the Municipal Museum of Alzira, valuing the finding of great cultural and economic interest, and that pieces from the Roman age and from the 12th to the 18th centuries, among others, have been located.
The proceedings have been delivered to the Court of First Instance and Instruction Number 5 of Alzira.