Friday, 25 September 2015

Looted Mexican Carving Found in France

Nobody wants to say how and where it was found....
A nearly 3,000-year-old carving stolen more than four decades ago from a remote area of southern Mexico has been recovered in France. The Olmec carving dating to around 900 B.C. had been chipped off the rock face sometime between the arrival of an archaeological team in 1968 and 1972, when the team returned to the area. It resurfaced recently in France under unclear circumstances.[...] scholars first learned about the stone carving from Germans traveling through the region in the early 20th century. Then the archaeological team arrived in 1968 to document it and search the area for more artifacts. The next time they returned, there was a gash in the rock face.[...] Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement the carving was "secretly extracted from the rock face in the early 1970s and illegally taken out of the country."[...] It will be returned to Mexico for restoration and public display.
Associated Press, 'Ancient carving stolen more than 40 years ago in Mexico found in France' Fox News September 25, 2015

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