First century jars recovered by the Guardia Civil in Alicante




Two men have been arrested and the amphoras are thought to have come from a shipwreck off Villajoyosa.

Agents from the environment protection section of the Guardia Civil, Seprona, in Santa Pola, have arrested two people and recovered 19 amphoras dating from the first and second centuries, thought to have been plundered from a shipwreck.

The two men face charges of committing a crime against the historical heritage and one has been identified as 60 year old R.B.M.

The earthenware jars are thought to have been taken from the wreck of the ‘Bou Ferrer’ which was located off the coast of Villajoyosa in March 2001.

The arrests came as the men were transferring some the material which has now been taken to the Alicante provincial archaeology museum for study and cataloguing.

Other jars were found in searches of both men’s homes.

Guardia Civil Alicante Villajoyosa Seprona Santa Pola Bou Ferrer wreck jars