Peru targets smuggling of cultural goods

16 Jul 2013 11:35 AM | Anonymous

Peru targets smuggling of cultural goods

During the first five months of 2013, authorities seized 367 historic pieces that would have left the country illegally.

By Peggy Pinedo for Infosurhoy.com - 15/07/2013

The “Tocado Moche,” a 700-year-old gold piece, was stolen in 1988 before it was recovered in London and repatriated to Peru in 2006. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture)Stolen fragments of pre-Hispanic ceramics and fossils of an extinct mollusk that lived in Peru about 400 million years ago were seized at the international airport in Lima, Peru. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture) Colonial coins, minted in the 16th and 17th centuries and bound for the black market of numismatic collectors, recently were seized in Lima, Peru. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture)Authorities recently seized a pre-Hispanic textile piece from the central coast of Peru (1200–1438 AD) that was headed for England from Lima. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture)In March, authorities seized a textile piece from the Chancay Culture (1200–1470 AD) that was stolen in Peru. The piece was about to leave the country in a package bound for London. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture)Blanca Alva Guerrero, director of the Ministry of Culture’s Enforcement and Control Office: “There is an ongoing decrease in the number of Peruvian pieces that are leaving the country illegally. We have very strong controls at the moment.” (Peggy Pinedo for Infosurhoy.com)
The “Tocado Moche,” a 700-year-old gold piece, was stolen in 1988 before it was recovered in London and repatriated to Peru in 2006. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture)

LIMA, Peru – Blanca Alva Guerrero, manager of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture’s Enforcement and Control Office, said the decrease in recent years in the number of seized cultural artifacts that would have been smuggled out of the Andean nation shows authorities have increased measures to preserve Peru’s historical heritage.

Between January and May of this year, authorities seized 367 artifacts, an average of about 73 pieces a month. In 2012, 1,870 cultural goods were seized, an average of 155 a month, which was a marked decreased from 2011, when 2,962 items were seized, an average of 247 a month.

 

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