INAH receives 428 archaeological pieces repatriated from the United States

INAH staff received the pieces from the United States

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) received a batch of 428 archaeological pieces, which were repatriated to Mexico from the United States.

According to the opinion preliminarily made by the INAH, the set of archaeological assets dates from the Late Postclassic period (900-1600 AD) and is associated with human groups from desert cultures, who settled in the territories that today are occupied by the entities in the north of Mexico and the south of the United States.

The lot of more than 400 pieces brings together projectile points, flint knives, shell and bone artifacts, as well as marine fossils and organic elements, which were seized by the United States Customs and Border Protection Office, and later delivered to the Consulate of Mexico in Portland, Oregon.

The INAH thus received, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), the 428 archaeological assets from the United States.

In the official act of delivery-reception, which was held at the headquarters of the SRE, the efforts made by the US government were highlighted, whose Customs and Border Protection Office seized the lot and delivered it to the Mexican Consulate in Portland.

The deputy director of the Registry of Movable Archaeological Monuments of the INAH, Jaime Alejandro Bautista Valdespino, who led the protocol ceremony together with the Deputy Legal Consultant B at the SRE, Salvador Tinajero Esquivel, pointed out that, in accordance with the INAH ruling, the set of pieces transferred to Mexico via diplomatic bag, dates from the Late Postclassic (900-1600 AD), and is associated with human groups of desert cultures, who settled in the territories that today are occupied by the entities of northern Mexico and southern Mexico. USA.

The projectile points and scrapers made of flint, shell and bone artifacts, in addition to two knives that preserve their original handles, “are representative of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer communities,” said the archaeologist.

Among the objects delivered to the diplomatic headquarters, two elements of organic material stand out: a huarache and a fragment of a petate, “in a fair state of conservation.”

Likewise, various marine fossils of the genus Exogyra were returned to our country, which have been dated to the Cretaceous period, with an estimated age of 60 million years.