A MAN from Marbella is one of three arrests made in an investigation against the plundering of archaeological sites.
National Police specialists launched an investigation after being tipped off about massive plundering at one of the most important battlefields in Jaen – the site of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa, which took place in 1212.
The same sources pointed out that the Iberian site known as the Cueva de los Muñecos was also being plundered.
Two men in Santa Elena (Jaén) were arrested accused of plundering more than 2,000 archaeological pieces and selling them to the Marbella detainee, who intended to ship them to a castle he owns in France.
As well as the archaeological pieces, an MG42 machine gun, two mortars and 18th centurt image of the Virgin were seized.
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