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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 44, October 31, 2010, Article 22

25-YEAR-OLD FRENCH UNDERWATER GOLD THEFT RESOLVED

Georges Depeyrot forwarded this story (in French). Below are excerpts from a machine translation to English. -Editor

corsican treasure Three amateur divers in 1985 stole a dish of Roman coins and gold from the "treasure of Lava. The testimony of one of the robbers, who was arrested last Thursday.

After 25 years of investigation, the Department of underwater archaeological research and submarine (DRASSM) of the Ministry of Culture and Communication have laid hands on a dish and Roman gold coins from the "treasure of Lava ".

"I was quietly installed in my place when a dozen police officers arrived. Maybe they were there since the beginning of the trip or did they have benefited from a decision to ride in the wagon. They searched me , handcuffed and took the gold dish. Then they escorted me to the nearest police station, in Nanterre. There, I stayed in police custody three days. It was very stressful, I could not prevent none of my relatives. I was really exhausted, still I remain shocked. "

"We were looking for sea urchins, but that day, the seabed have given us a greater treasure . We stumbled on gold coins, there were between 400 and 600, and an equally sumptuous plate of dating third century. The remains were glued to rocks underwater and we had a Swiss Army knife in his pocket. We are left with the little that we could take, "says Felix.

Aware that they illegally, the three men are discreet. "It was like the guy who wins the lottery one day, we preferred to be silent." But in November 1986, three men are selling their booty in a catalog numismatic and the new one does not take long to spread. "A judicial inquiry was opened in the wake because objects rightfully belong to the French heritage.

To read the complete article, see: Le mystère du trésor corse enfin percé (www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/le-mystere
-du-tresor-corse-enfin-perce_931628.html )



Wayne Homren, Editor

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