Italy Returns Pieces Belonging to Ecuador’s Cultural Heritage

02 Oct 2014 5:15 PM | Anonymous

Italy Returns Pieces Belonging to Ecuador’s Cultural Heritage

Published 1 October 2014
Italian police Coronel Luigi Cortellessa said that the search for stolen artefacts is “never ending.”

Ten archeological artefacts and a terracotta wind instrument dating back to the pre-Hispanic period were returned on Wednesday to Ecuador by the Tutelary of Cultural Heritage of the Italian Police.

These pre-Columbian archeological goods were recovered by the Italian police in the Italian cities of Monza and Turin. The Ecuadorian ambassador in Italy, Juan Holguín, received the South American pieces in Rome.

In addition to the instrument, Ansalatina reported that a small flute adorned with anthropomorphic drawings and pieces of an iguana in relief were also found. A bird dating back to the Bahia civilization from the sixth century, three complete statues, heads and two goblets were also found.

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