Mexico Returns Archaeological Items to Peru


168 artifacts were returned including pre-Columbian vases and textiles.

Another set of archaeological artifacts has been returned to Peru.  This time, 168 pre-Columbian vases, textiles, and figures were returned by Mexico to the Andean country.

Andina reports that the Mexican authorities returned pieces from at least 6 distinct civilizations including Chancay, Moche, Nazca, Sican, Wari, and Chimu.

The repatriation was based on mutual respect and friendship between Peru and Mexico as well as an official agreement about stolen cultural assets signed back in 2002.

In other promising recent news, the United States and Peru extended their Memorandum of Understanding for another 5-year term.  This happened after over 300 artifacts were returned from the USA to Peru earlier this year.

The USA and Mexico both give a strong example for other countries who may be involved in repatriation cases dealing with priceless cultural heritage.



Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.

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