Bone collectors brought to book


Two suspects are being investigated by the Guardia Civil after around 200 ancient bones, some between 4,000 and 5,000 years old – along with 350 historical artefacts including Phoenician amphorae – were discovered in two homes in Alicante province.

The haul was so extensive that Denia town hall and the local archaeological museum has had to provide an ‘adequate place’ for the conservation of the pieces while the documentation from the investigation is being processed.

A force spokesman explained that Operation Osarium was launched in November when the local police from Gata de Gorgos told them about the existence of ‘various ancient bones’ in a home in the municipality.

In this first phase of the investigation, Jávea town hall’s archaeologist was called in to date the bones, some of which were found to be from the pre-Roman area.

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