Belizean Artifact repatriated Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 October 2011 00:00

Maya ArtifactWed. Oct. 12th, 2011. Belize City

United States agencies over the years have repatriated several prehistoric artifacts to Belize under the Hold Harmless Release Agreement between the United States and Belize, and reflect efforts by both countries to collaborate in matters regarding the protection of cultural property.

During the recent September celebrations, representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement formally transferred a prehistoric Maya artifact to the Belize embassy in Washington, D.C.  The artifact, which is represented by an Early Classic (A.D. 400-600) polychrome ceramic bowl, was being imported illegally into the United States when it was confiscated by U.S. Immigration and Custom agents.  

On her return from a visit to Washington, D.C., Ms. Diane C. Haylock, President of the National Institute of Culture and History, recently repatriated the ceramic vessel to Belize where it is now safely stored in the national collection at the Institute of Archaeology in Belmopan.

 Belizeans and visitors are reminded that it is illegal to buy or sell Maya artifacts in Belize, all artifacts found should be reported to the Institute of Archaeology, and that all artifacts found are the property of the Government of Belize.