NATIONAL POLICE from Jaen have recovered 514 archaeological items in the home of a 63-year-old collector in Ubeda. The investigation began in March when it was discovered that a Roman sculpture was being sold on the black market for €25,000.
Amongst the pillaged items are amphorae, columns, coins, sculptures, funerary urns (one containing human remains), capitals, lamps and other objects from the Roman and Iberian periods. Amongst them is a coat of arms which could be the one stolen five years ago at the Caseria Monsalve in Ubeda.
The collector has been charged with receiving stolen goods and crimes against national historical heritage.
Experts are still analyzing the pieces to determine their origin.