December 6, 2013
The Guatemalan authorities announced that an agreement had been reached with the USA for the return of a carved stone Mayan frieze. This return adds to over 10,500 disputed artefacts already returned to Guatemala from around the world in recent years.
Whilst I always assert that every cultural property dispute is different & should be dealt with on its own terms, it is still easy for anyone to see the parallels between one carved stone frieze & the Frieze from the Parthenon (part of which is currently in the British Museum.
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The impressive frieze of Maya returned to Guatemala
The Guatemalan government officially announced the return of the U.S. giant Mayan frieze dating from the classical period, between 250 and 900 BC. The restoration and maintenance procedures were completed and returned the frieze in the country.
This is a work of art from limestone, which is a height of about 50 cm and was located in the northern province of Peten, a region considered the birthplace of the ancient Mayan civilization.
The last 10 years, Guatemala has recovered more than 10,500 antiquities that were in other countries, such as USA, Germany, Britain and France, after the La Corona and other archaeological sites in the Petén looted in the 19th century.
- 1.5 million artefacts found in Northern Ireland have not been handed over to the authorities : July 12, 2012
- Parthenon frieze casts to undergo restoration : September 16, 2008
- Who owns the ancient past : November 5, 2008
- Lecture at Kings College, London on the restoration of the Propylaea : November 21, 2004
- Parthenon frieze fragment returns to Palermo : May 14, 2010
- 2,350 tonnes of marbles used in Acropolis restoration : May 29, 2009
- Heidelberg frieze fragment reunited in Athens : September 5, 2006
- New Red List from ICOM to draw awareness to looting of cultural artefacts : August 28, 2010