Ancient “Iberian falcata” sword allegedly stolen from grave found for sale online

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Police in Spain have found a 2,000-year-old sword that was allegedly stolen from a grave and put up for sale online.

Authorities say the Iberian sword is believed to date back to between the 3rd and 2nd century BC and was offered on a “well-known social media site” along with 202 other archeological sites.

Described as an “Iberian falcata”, this type of sword was a personal weapon and tended to be buried with its owner when they died.

An ancient warrior sword that is alleged to have been stolen from a grave has been found for sale online. (National Police)

The blade would usually be bent or damaged when buried to prevent graverobbers from using them.

However, this one was found with the blade intact, something that the police say would have added significant value if it were sold.

“The investigation was launched after police discovered that a social media user had written on a well-known site about an Iberian falcata, with a bird’s head, which had been looted,” the Spanish Policía Nacional said in a statement.

“After various efforts to confirm the existence of the archeological site, to determine its location and restore it, investigators were able to trace the person who offered it for sale, who turned out to be a Spanish citizen living in the (Andalusian) province of Jaén.”

Roman mosaic from the 3rd to the 4th century excavated by British archaeologists

The sword and the other artifacts were seized by the police and the man was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and historical inheritance crime.

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