8 Artifacts Returned to Guatemala

Repatriation ceremony at Guatemalan Embassy

Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 9:31 PM EDT
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8 Artifacts Returned to Guatemala

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Federal authorities are returning eight ceramic artifacts to the people of Guatemala that were illegally exported.

The Maya artifacts that date from 600 to 900 AD were returned during a repatriation ceremony at the Guatemalan Embassy on Friday.

Two artifacts were recovered during an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of items being auctioned in Massachusetts last year.

Six more of the returned artifacts were seized by Customs and Border Protection at Houston Intercontinental Airport in 2009 when a passenger declared figurines he said he bought while touring Maya ruins in Guatemala, thinking it was legal. The passenger abandoned them.

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