France will return stolen archaeological pieces to Morocco
16 de octubre de 2020, 8:45Rabat, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) The Kingdom of Morocco will recover at the end of this month almost three tons of archaeological objects seized at customs when traffickers tried to introduce them into France, the media reported here today.
The 25 thousand pieces, whose return took almost three decades, include, among others, fossil remains of animals, geological and engraved plates from the Neolithic period, prior to the time in which humans began to express themselves in writing, according to the description in the media.
The objects were delivered in an official ceremony held at the Museum of Mediterranean Cultures, in the French city of Marseille (south).
The theft of pieces of archaeological or historical value is a widespread practice since the time of European colonial rule in African, Arab and American countries.
Among the most notorious cases is the transfer of the original gate of Babylon, when present-day Iraq was still known as Mesopotamia, which is exhibited in a German museum and whose return the authorities of that Arab country unsuccessfully demanded decades ago.
In the famous city of the legendary hanging gardens, there are hardly any foundations left for some constructions, in which tar was used as cement, and the Lion of Babylon whose weight prevented it from being transferred.
Closer in time, during the US military occupation of Iraq, thousands of priceless historical objects were stolen from museums in the capital Baghdad and sold to Western collectors.
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