The Civil Guard recovers more than 100 historical pieces plundered from underwater deposits of Formentera

12 people have been investigated for an alleged crime of plundering the historical heritage

The Civil Guard has recovered more than 100 historical pieces plundered from underwater deposits of Formentera. 12 people have been investigated for an alleged crime of plundering the historical heritage.

Also, 7 homes and 11 cloths (fishermen's warehouses) have been registered, on the island of Formentera, where more than 100 amphorae have been recovered from which more than 40 have been completed. All the pieces are of Roman and Phoenician origin and that could be dated between the 1st and 2nd centuries BC.
In the course of the investigation, the agents found that the recovered parts had been expelled from the underwater environment by the trawling technique. In such a way that, when they extracted some amphora in the fishing nets, instead of notifying the discovery to the authorities they appropriated it and they returned to pass repeatedly the nets by the bottom until shelling the submarine wreck. All the material found has been illegally extracted in waters surrounding the island of Formentera.
This service has been developed by agents belonging to SEPRONA, who have had the support of agents belonging to the Special Underwater Activities Group (GEAS) of the Civil Guard of Mallorca and Ibiza, who are carrying out the inspection of the seabed where The wrecks were there.
On the other hand, there have been technicians from the Historical Heritage Service of the Consell de Mallorca for the cataloging of amphorae.
The amphorae will be transferred to the archaeological museum of Ibiza and Formentera.
For more information you can contact the Peripheral Office of Communication of the Civil Guard of Mallorca at 620.271.422.

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