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Peru reclaims over 4,000 cultural treasures from US, Europe

Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced the repatriation of 4,600 culturally significant items, including textiles, ceramics, and clothing, back to Peru. These artefacts were…

Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced the repatriation of 4,600 culturally significant items, including textiles, ceramics, and clothing, back to Peru. These artefacts were returned from various countries, such as the United States, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

The collaborative efforts between Peru’s Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local authorities, consulates, and embassies facilitated the return of these items to their country of origin. Among the repatriated artefacts, 4,556 belonged to the collection of the late American archaeologist and anthropologist John Rowe.

Italy returned 33 items, including clothing and ceramics from cultures such as Nazca, Wari, Inca, Paracas, and Chimú. Additionally, Portugal returned a silver incense burner dating back to the 18th or 19th century. Other archaeological items were voluntarily returned from Germany and the Netherlands. Swiss authorities also seized and repatriated four pre-Hispanic ceramic pieces.

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