Collection of Archaeological Pieces Seized in Germany Handed Over to Mexico

22 Apr 2011 8:53 AM | Anonymous
Collection of Archaeological Pieces Seized in Germany Handed Over to Mexico

The delivery of the Prehispanic lot took place in a symbolic way with the delivery of a greenstone mask and the signature of the corresponding protocols. Photo: INAH.

MEXICO CITY.- After a 7-year process conducted by legal and diplomatic ways before the German Government, which concluded with success, Mexico recovered 49 archaeological pieces illegally subtracted from national territory.

This is the first delivery made to Mexico of Prehispanic objects seized in 2004 in Frankfurt, part of the Patterson Collection.

Repatriation of the cultural goods was possible thanks to the will and cooperation of the German Government and the joint work in the matter of recuperation of cultural goods illegally subtracted done by the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry (SRE), the Office of the Mexican Attorney General (PGR) and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

After legal and diplomatic procedures (presentation and report ratification before PGR; archaeological report issue, request of international legal assistance, seizure of the Prehispanic pieces) to recover the historical collection, German authorities at Hesse, through the State Investigation Bureau, resolved to deliver the 49 seized objects.
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