The Collector’S Heirs Returned One Of The Celtic Helmets Looted In Aladdis

2021-02-11   |   by CusiGO

Aladdis is a Celtic city in what is now Aranda de Moncayo (Zaragoza). It resisted the envy of the Roman Legion for many years, until it was razed between 74 and 72 BC. However, it could not resist the predators of the 21st century, who raised tons of earth to dig up their forgotten treasures, including the helmets of 20 soldiers, and sold them to the highest bidder, Auction in Europe and Asia through Swiss Agency. Christian Levett, the philanthropist, owns seven of the Mougins Museum. When he discovered their illegal origin in 2019, he handed them over to the Spanish authorities without asking for anything in return. Yesterday, the family of a military collector in Zaragoza did the same thing with his objects. The Aragorn Herald reported that dionysio Aguilera, curator of the Zaragoza Museum, confirmed this.

Aratis has been plundered by marauders for years. They even acquired their land and created a false urbanizer so that they would not doubt the coming and going of heavy machinery. As a result, they introduced large tonnage trucks and excavators to speed up illegal work. Two of them were jailed by the Zaragoza court, but the precious helmets and hundreds of Celtic items did not return to Spain because they were scattered in museums and private collections around the world. When the National Guard entered the industrial ship where they were hiding some of their booty, they found more than 6000 unsold items.

However, some of them are already on display at the Zaragoza Museum, which has prepared a large thematic exhibition. The new items added to the collection were acquired by Aragorn collectors from predators or middlemen. This man likes to treasure things related to the military world. Aguilera explained that among the materials he had obtained over the years were medals and souvenirs about the Vietnam war or the Spanish Civil War, as well as Celtic helmets, which he kept in a storeroom covered with other items. When the collector died, his heirs discovered it.

The curator of the Zaragoza Museum believes the helmet is a product of “home restoration.”. In order to better sell their work – they can sell it for 20000 euros on the black market – predators use blowtorch to connect the parts of their helmets, giving a sense of unity. “In this case, it’s also installed and flawed,” Aguilera said. “But we have to check whether all of its components correspond to the same helmet or are reconstructed from fragments of other helmets.”

Celtibero morrio will undergo X-ray, ultraviolet and non-destructive chemical analysis in the museum’s laboratory to determine its authenticity, because predators usually make fake works based on accurate images of real works to increase profits. In this case, according to the initial observation, it seems to be original.

Among the nine helmets preserved in the museum, one is semi fake (the iron block does not match the real model), and the other is completely fake. “According to the analysis, the latter was made in the 20th century, but will remain in the exhibition as an example of forgery,” Aguilera said.

The hooks of the decorative elements on these helmets are retained in the returned works, although these helmets have not been preserved yet. The Aragorn government has temporarily refused to provide a picture of the helmet that never left Zaragoza, hoping it will return to light in a dark storeroom.