“On the night of December 29, 2020, at the border crossing Srpska Crnja, the customs officers in cooperation with police detected and prevented the attempt of smuggling of the rich archaeological collection consisting of over 2,000 items of antiques of different periods,” the message said.
The archaeological collection was found in the truck with a Romanian license plate driven by a 46-year-old citizen of Serbia. The details of the parquet were in the car.
When the driver was asked about the stuff in his truck and he reported that he is transporting two bags of candies and goods mentioned in the customs documents.
During a thorough inspection of the car, it was established that the truck cabin and side toolbox were full of unreported antiques of different periods: the Bronze Age, the Byzantine Era, the Middle Ages. The collection also included the archaeological remains of the culture of ancient Slavs and Celts.
The customs officers found 2,113 items. The majority of them were pendants, rings, different tools and weapons, a large stone and a few smaller metal figures. Bracelets, brooches, pins and hairpins were found among decorative elements; many spears for pikes, arrows, axes and maces were found among weaponry. Besides, a few spoons, needles, knives, keys, heels, belt buckles, buttons and coins were found.
The driver said to the customs officers that he did not own the archaeological collection and he agreed to transport it from Ukraine to Serbia for a small fee. According to him, a person had to get in touch with him after his arrival in Serbia.
Considering the amount and diversity of the antique collection, the law enforcers could not estimate its value without expert study. All items will be passed to the study.
The border guards suppose that this cargo has great historical and archaeological value.
Earlier, workers of the Halytska customs office detained a Ukrainian citizen who was crossing the border with Poland carrying more than a hundred pieces of antique. All the items were seized and taken for expertise to figure out their overall price.