Mexico recovers an archaeological piece that was going to be auctioned in Belgium

Mexico manages once again to recover an archaeological piece.

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05 August 2022 Friday 05:03
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Mexico recovers an archaeological piece that was going to be auctioned in Belgium

Mexico manages once again to recover an archaeological piece. This one in particular comes from the cultures of the west of the country and was ruled as cultural heritage of the nation. However, it was going to be put up for auction, although it was finally returned by the Belgian authorities, as detailed this Friday by the federal Ministry of Culture.

"The Government of Mexico, through the Mexican ambassador to Belgium, Rogelio Granguillhome, today received an archaeological piece from the cultures of Western Mexico, ruled as cultural heritage of the nation by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. (INAH)”, they specify.

The auction house Carlo Bonte Auction was the one that was going to put it up for sale last March in the city of Bruges. However, the Mexican authorities went ahead and contacted that entity, which ended up canceling the sale.

According to the Mexican authorities, the piece was delivered by the Belgian authorities on behalf of Mrs. María Helena Defever, who last April voluntarily returned other pieces also ruled as national heritage.

The recovery of archaeological pieces is part of the foreign policy of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has as a "priority" to recover the historical and cultural heritage, as Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said a few days ago.

The official stated that so far in the six-year term, which began in December 2018, the Mexican government has recovered 8,970 pieces, which according to his figures represents 55% of what had been achieved in the previous administration.

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