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Peru Retrieves 4,600 Artefacts from US, Europe

Sat 23 Mar 2024 | 10:54 PM
Israa Farhan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru has declared the successful retrieval of 4,600 artefacts from the United States and European countries, including Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

According to the ministry, collaborative efforts were made with the Ministry of Culture, local authorities, and Peruvian embassies worldwide to reclaim these archaeological pieces.

The collection comprises treasures, textiles, and garments dating back to various civilizations in Peru's history, as reported by CNN today.

In a statement, it was revealed that over 4,500 pieces were recovered from a collection owned by the late American archaeologist and anthropologist, John Rowe.

Additionally, 33 pieces were returned from Italy, along with a prominent piece from Portugal. Furthermore, voluntary returns were made from Germany and the Netherlands. Swiss authorities also repatriated four artefacts.

Javier Gonzales Olave, the Foreign Minister of Peru, expressed during a ceremony celebrating the retrieval of these artefacts that his country has managed to reclaim over 7,000 pieces of its cultural heritage since 2019.

This achievement solidifies Peru's position as an international standard-bearer in combating the illegal trafficking of cultural properties.