American returns Mexico Pre-Hispanic pieces

The collection falls under cultures from the Mexican Gulf
Photo: Courtesy of INAH
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An American citizen decided to return to Mexico a collection of Pre-Hispanic pieces, dated from 400 BC to AD 1400, that falls under Olmec, Remojadas, Totonac, and Huastec civilizations which developed in the current state of Veracruz.

In a gesture of “good will, but above all, of consciousness,” the resident of Florida returned the pieces, collected by her father between the 60's and 70's when he lived in Veracruz because of work.

The Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) stated that the pieces traveled to Mexico in a diplomatic suitcase and were delivered to the INAH on May 10. Of the 20 pieces, 18 were identified as Pre-Hispanic, one of recent making and one without cultural value.

The 18 archeological pieces “exemplify the spatial and temporal diversity of the cultures in the Mexican Gulf.” The collection ranges from small heads in Olmec style, the most ancient civilization (400 BC – AD 200) which originated in the center-south region of Veracruz; to “big-nosed gods” statuettes made by Totonac groups dated AD 600 – 900; along with the representation of a monkey from the Huastec culture, which developed at a later date (AD 1200 – 1400) in the north of Veracruz.

The pieces will be integrated into the Exclusive System of Public Registry of Monuments and Archaeological and Historical Areas and, after that, some of them could be displayed in a museum, informed the report.


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