Sunday, August 3, 2014

Global Impact: Pre-Columbian Antiquities Come Home

According to The Latin American Tribune, Colombia has recovered 39 pre-Columbian antiquities that were found in Belgium, Colombia's Foreign Ministry said.

The items were delivered to the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History, which certified their authenticity and their status as elements of Colombia’s cultural heritage.

A Belgian citizen, Jacques Deuller, turned over the 39 pieces to the Colombian Embassy in Brussels, which arranged for their secure transport to Bogotá, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

COMMENT: In June 2014, Colombia also received 691 Colombian antiquities from the Spanish government.

Those pieces were recovered as a result of joint Spanish-Colombian operations targeting the illegal traffic in cultural treasures.