Diego Prieto Hernandez, director of National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), announced that next Friday, May 19, the New York Attorney’s Officein United States, will deliver to Mexicoformally, the Monument 9 of Chalcatzingo, what is considered the most important piece of recovery of the national archaeological heritage abroad so far in the 21st century.
At the president’s morning press conference Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)the director of INAH mentioned that “On May 19, the New York Prosecutor’s Officek is going to make formal delivery of Monument 9 of Chalcatzingo that was taken by traffickers of archaeological goods in the middle of the 20th centuryit has been a decades-long struggle to fight for the return of this magnificent prepresentative piece of the Earth Monster, is an Olmec piece that comes from at least 2,500 years old.
Prieto pointed out that it is likely that the piece was manufactured between the eighth and sixth century BC. He mentioned that “which tells us about the enormous skill of this, the one who called the President the mother culture, that is to say, the primeval civilization of this great area, that archaeologists and anthropologists called, in the last century, Mesoamerica”.
The INAH director explained that heto Olmec figure belongs to the archaeological zone of Chalcatzingo, Morelos. “It is an area that is characterized by a large number of stone reliefs, carved on the rocky shelters, in the rocks and of course they offer us great information about the worldview of the Olmecs”. He also thanked all the management that he carried out the chancellery and the consulate of Mexico in New York, headed by the consul George Islands. “They were insistent, of course, with the accompaniment of the Ministry of Culture, INAHand of all this inter-institutional committee that has been formed for the recovery of cultural property who are abroad and that they belong to the patrimony of Mexico”.
The monument will return to Mexico in a few days. (screen printing)
He mentioned that the piece is in Denver, Coloradoand there it goes deliver to Mexico and will return to our country in an airplane of the Armed Forcesby instructions of the president Lopez Obradorand with the indication of the secretary of the National Defense, General Luis Cresencio Sandoval.
“The piece, as the president has said, he will have to return home, to Chalcatzingo, Morelosbut it will be a season, relatively long, probably a year, perhaps a little more, in the same state of Morelos, in the Palace of Cortés, today the Regional Museum of the Peoples of Morelos, that we just reopened to visiting public, and where there are some very beautiful paintings, murals of Diego Rivera, in addition to other murals that we recovered in this restoration work,” Prieto said.
Recommended to the population go to the place to see these murals by Rivera“who speak of The history of Mexicoand specifically of history of the region of the current state of Morelos”.
He remembered that the May 19 will be the date on which this archaeological piece will be backwhich is probably one of the most important, if not the most important recovery of archaeological heritage so far in the 21st century. “Thanks to the effort you have put the government of President López Obrador in recovery of the archaeological heritage of Mexico. concluded the head of the National Institute of Anthropology and History”.
A couple of weeks ago, Prieto himself announced thatand a representation of the god K’awiil had been found, same as found as part of an urn, whose lid ends with the prehispanic deity head, which is linked to power, abundance and prosperity. It was learned that the piece was discovered by investigators of the INAH while they were carrying out work on Section 7 of the project known as the Mayan Train.