The Civil Guard includes the protection of historical heritage as one of its priority lines of work
The General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez has presented the results of two operations on historical heritage carried out in Córdoba
Among the archaeological pieces intervened and exhibited are Roman, Iberian, Arab and Visigothic coins, fibulae, earrings, ceramics, lead of Iberian origin, lead sling projectiles, Visigothic buckles, spears, arrows, swords and other medieval weapons.
The presentation ceremony, held at the Archaeological Museum of Córdoba, was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía, Alejandro Romero; the delegate of the Government of the Junta de Andalucía in Córdoba, Antonio Repullo; the Delegate of Culture in Córdoba, Cristina Casanueva; the Director of the Archaeological Museum, Mª Dolores Baena; the General Chief of the Civil Guard in Andalusia, Alfonso Rodríguez Castillo and the Chief of the Civil Guard Command of Córdoba, Juan Carretero
The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez has presented at the Archaeological Museum of Córdoba the results of the “Bembézar and“ Ponderosa ”operations carried out in the province of Córdoba within the framework of the services that the Civil Guard has been carrying out for protection of the historical heritage.
The general director stressed that the Civil Guard is fully committed to the defense of our heritage, including it as one of its most relevant lines of work within its institutional strategy, highlighting it as a priority area in the 2020-2024 strategic plan.
The Civil Guard, explained María Gámez, works from different areas and units in the projection of historical artistic heritage. With the territorial units in preventive work; with the Seprona acting mainly in the archaeological heritage; the maritime service protecting the underwater archaeological heritage, also the fiscal service preventing the illicit export of all kinds of cultural goods and, of course, the judicial police units of both the commanderies and the specialized UCO with the Historical Heritage Group.
María Gámez has highlighted the importance of national coordination between the Security Forces and Bodies and the State administrations for the protection of historical artistic heritage, as well as international collaboration. For this reason, the general director recalled that “the Civil Guard works hand in hand with Interpol, Europol, police agencies such as the FBI and since 2013 we have a Civil Guard Officer accredited to UNESCO as the permanent link regarding the protection of Cultural Heritage and the prosecution of illicit trafficking in cultural property ”.
The Director General has provided some information about this work as an example: