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California repatriates over 1,200 archaeological pieces to Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — Over 1,000 archaeological pieces are being repatriated to Mexico from California. On Tuesday, Mexico’s Foreign Relations said 1,294 Mexican archaeological pieces from California are on their way back to the country.

The collection includes various objects of common and ceremonial use such as statuettes, necklaces and wind musical instruments. The pieces were returned at the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

Within the framework of cooperation and friendship between Mexico and the United States, especially California, and in outstanding collaboration with the County of San Bernardino, on September 15, 2023, it was formalized at the facilities of the San Bernardino County Museum (MCSB), the delivery of 1,294 pre-Columbian archaeological pieces

The pieces are from the various cultures of ancient Mexico. They will be repatriated to the Mexican nation through diplomatic channels. Their return is the result of coordinated work between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the Council of Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino and the MCSB.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations said 1,294 archaeological pieces are on their way back to the country.
Photo: SRE September 15, 20236.

“This achievement was possible thanks to the efforts of the Director and Deputy Director, David Myers and Tamara Serrao-Leiva,” the SRE said in their statement.

The archaeological pieces were received by the Consul of Mexico, Itzel de León Villard, giving great recognition to the county and museum authorities in accordance with national guidelines recovery of cultural heritage assets.

The collection includes various objects of common and ceremonial use, statuettes, vessels, necklaces, bracelets, ceramic and copper bells, remains of burials, wind musical instruments, different work tools, objects used in the making of clothing, tips arrow, among others.