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Another 46 archaeological pieces returned to Mexico from U.S.

Mexico City, Mexico — More than 40 archaeological pieces have been formally returned to Mexico from the Houston Consulate. On Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) announced the delivery of 46 archaeological pieces.

The pieces were returned to the Ministry of Culture through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The 46 pieces, recovered by the Mexican Consulate in Houston, Texas, are part of the nation’s cultural heritage in accordance with the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments.

The opinions made by INAH specialists establish that the goods belong to different cultures of the western region of Mexico from the preclassic (500 BC-100 AD) and classic (100-600 AD) periods, the SRE said in a statement.

Among the pieces are various anthropomorphic figures as well as two Comala-style dog vessels, from Western Mexico and made during the classic Mesoamerican period (100-600 AD).

This achievement is the result of the efforts promoted by the Government of Mexico for the restitution of cultural heritage, through strategies and awareness campaigns which have resulted in voluntary deliveries by individuals and institutions.

Preclassic pieces are part of the latest 46 returned to Mexico.
Photo: SRE December 6, 2023.

According to the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), during the current administration, more than 13,500 archaeological and historical assets have been returned to Mexico.