Costa Rica Attempts to Repatriate pre-Columbian Treasure From Venezuela

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Pre-Columbian pieces seized in 2010 in a Heredia home owned by Mannil

Pre-Columbian pieces seized in 2010 in a Heredia home owned by Harry Mannil. Photo La Nacion

QCOSTARICA – The pre-Columbian history of Costa Rica extends from the establishment of the first settlers until the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas, that included the Atlantic regions of Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia, as well as parts of Venezuela and the Pacific coast of Ecuador.

In Venezuela some 150 of Costa Rica’s pre-Columbian pieces seized in 2010 and 2014 by authorities, remain in that country waiting for repatriation.

Archaeologist Marlin Calvo, head of the Department of Cultural Heritage Protection of the National Museum (Departamento de Protección del Patrimonio Cultural del Museo Nacional), will be traveling to Venezuela next week to determine the exact number of pieces, and confirm that they are in fact Costa Rican pre-Columbian objects, check their authenticity and assess the state of conservation.

Subsequently, she will prepare a report for the International Letter Rogatory, a formal request from a court to a foreign court for some type of judicial assistance, the mechanism used to repatriate assets located abroad.

How, when and why the pieces were removed from Costa Rica are unanswered questions. What is known is that they are part of … continue reading



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