Tuesday 29 April 2014

Italy Returns over 4,000 Archaeological Artifacts to Ecuador

Italy has returned  more than 4,600 archaeological artefacts to Ecuador, largely from the Tolita culture. The president, announcing the operation
said that these elements of national heritage were plundered from Ecuador because “there was no control,” so that “tens of thousands of archaeological pieces” were lost, but said that now, under his administration, “thousands of these pieces are coming back.” Correa attended a ceremony Saturday at which the mayor of Genoa, Marco Doria, presented him with a symbolic example of the 4,858 archaeological pieces recovered in three cases where the illicit trafficking of national heritage goods was detected. The Ecuadorian president expressed his gratitude to Genoa city hall and to the Italian government for the repatriation of this cultural heritage.
'Italy Returns over 4,000 Archaeological Artifacts to Ecuador', Hispanically Speaking News, April 27, 2014

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