Police Confiscate Roman Amphorae Found Stashed in Spanish Seafood Shop
by Alex Fox/Smithsonianmag.com
Spanish police conducting a routine inspection of a frozen seafood vendor in the coastal town of Alicante recently spotted something fishy—and it wasn’t just the merchandise.
“Officers observed several ceramic amphorae at various points in the facility, a metal anchor and a limestone plaque with an inscription that, at first glance, could be of considerable age,” the Spanish Civil Guard writes in a statement, as translated by CNN’s Rob Picheta.
More than a dozen of the suspiciously ancient-looking clay jars decorated the premises, prompting a seizure that netted 13 nearly 2,000-year-old Roman amphorae and an 18th-century metal anchor, reports Sam Jones for the Guardian.
The shop owner’s son allegedly found the artifacts on fishing trips and brought them back to spruce up the storefront. Both men are now under investigation, according to BBC News.
After taking a closer look at the amphorae, archaeologists at the nearby Sea Museum in Santa Pola determined that all 13 were Roman. The vessels may date to as early as the first century A.D., reports CNN. One amphora was singled out following the inspection “due to its exclusivity.”
Per the statement, the limestone plaque discovered at the scene is engraved with the word “este”—Spanish….read more: