Saturday, 23 July 2016

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United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday, officially repatriated collection of Maya artifacts older than 1,000 years to the Guatemalan government at a ceremony in Los Angeles after taking it from an art collector, who died.

Limestone sculpture collection was handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation United States by people who deal with the legacy of the collector, which is yet to be announced.

"The value of pre-Columbia artifacts culture is priceless for the people of Guatemala," said Deirdre Fike, deputy director of the FBI, in charge of the bureau's office in Los Angeles after the ceremony.

"I am very pleased that the FBI Art Crime Team is able to facilitate the return of ancient treasures returned to his home."

No criminal charges were filed for the return of the statue, three of which were allegedly berasald of Late Classic Maya Era (AD 600-900).

According to the FBI, experts say fragment was found near the ruins of a temple in Guatemala Petexbatun Region and an inscription on them is part of the text that acts as a primitive calendar.

Four other statues thought to have come from the area of ​​El Peru in Guatemala and is believed to originate from the beginning of the Classic Period (AD 400-600).

According to the FBI, experts say the artifacts are consistent with Maya iconography and engravings have a relationship with the symbolism that describes the earth or giant mountain.

Seventh statue will be sent to Guatemala in the coming days after a repatriation ceremony.
The Guatemalan government will determine the best places to deviate and display them.

Sources close to the case said that the statues were believed to have been purchased by the late art collector in the 1970s of a man convicted in the past for dealing with other artifacts illegally taken to the United States.
No charges filed in connection with the repatriation of the seven statues on Friday. The US government has an agreement with Guatemala to restrict the import of archaeological artifacts.


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