The Mexican government received 428 Archaeological pieces belonging to ancient cultures settled in territories in the north of the country that were recovered by authorities of USAreported on Tuesday the Ministry of Culture.
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The set “dates from the Late Postclassic period (900-1600 AD) and is associated with human groups of desert cultures, which settled in the territories that are now occupied by the entities of northern Mexico and the southern United States,” the Culture office said in a statement.
The assets were seized by the US Customs and Border Protection Office and delivered to the Mexican consulate in Portland, Oregon, the statement said, which does not specify the circumstances in which they were seized.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered the lot to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)which made a preliminary report on the recovered assets.
The elements include projectile points and scrapers made of flint, shell and bone artifacts, as well as two knives that preserve their original sleeves, the agency detailed.
“They are representative of semi-nomadic communities of hunter-gatherers,” said Alejandro Bautista, archaeologist and deputy director of the registry of archaeological monuments at INAH, quoted in the statement.
Among the objects delivered, two elements of organic material stand out: a huarache (sandal) and a fragment of a petate in a fair state of conservation, the unit abounded.
Also returned to Mexico were “several marine fossils of the genus Exogyra, which have been dated to the Cretaceous period, with an estimated age of 60 million years,” added the Ministry of Culture.
Last week, the Mexican government reported the recovery of 2,522 prehispanic pieces that a Spanish family from Barcelona had in their possession and that are now exhibited in the Templo Mayor museum, in the heart of the Mexican capital.
Both deliveries take place within the framework of a campaign to rescue the historical heritage of Mexico that has been illegally removed from the country.
Since it took office in December 2018, the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has managed to recover 8,970 archaeological pieces. Most were in Europe and some, the most important, were going to be auctioned.
With information from AFP