Spanish police recover ancient treasure from alleged looter squib

Metal detectorist had posted images online of artefacts including Phoenician earring

Police in Spain have recovered a haul of ancient artefacts, including Phoenician gold jewellery that could date to 1,200BC, after the metal detectorist who found them posted pictures of the treasures online.

The investigation began when specialist officers from the national police force noticed that images of archaeological and cultural items were being shared on different websites.

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