Smuggle of Medieval axeheads foiled at Polish-Belarusian border

Customs officers stopped an attempt to smuggle Medieval axeheads at border crossing between Poland and Belarus in Bobrowniki. Five iron pickaxes were hidden in personal luggage of a Belarusian woman.

Smuggled bronze axeheads (by Izba Celna w Białymstoku)

The 62-year-old woman was travelling in her Volkswagen Golf car and had the artefacts hidden in personal luggage. She was stopped by Polish customs officers. Archaeology experts state that the weapons are dated to between 11th-12th century and were crafted in eastern Europe. They possibly were recovered from graves of Medieval warriors. The woman explained to the officers that the artefacts were found in her relative’s apartment and she was transporting them to Poland in order to reshape them into kitchen knives. This is said to be the second attempt of artefact smuggle in Bobrowniki crossing in a month. The former one involved 3 unique Early Medieval sabres and a helmet.

(after Izba Celna w Białymstoku & BiałystokOnline)

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