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  HOME | Peru

Peru Thwarts Antiquities Smugglers

LIMA – The Peruvian Culture Ministry and customs officials said Friday that they recovered four pre-Columbian textiles hidden in baggage about to be loaded onto an international flight at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport.

The items were discovered hidden under framed, glass-covered family photos that were being sent to Spain.

A group of Culture Ministry representatives found that they were “textiles in the Central Coast style,” which were produced during the Late Intermediate period, from 1100-1450.

“(These pieces) could be associated with the coastal Chancay or Itchma cultures, but that will be determined by the ongoing archaeological analysis,” a ministry spokesperson told Efe.

The collection of textiles includes a cloth fragment made of animal fiber with designs of birds colored black, pink and yellow ocher, two flared caps, decorated cotton textiles and a quantity of loose threads, also of pre-Columbian origin.

So far this year, authorities have recovered almost 100 items of Peru’s cultural heritage at the Jorge Chavez airport.

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