Archaeological “treasure” is returned to Yucatán

Eduardo López Calzada, director of the INAH Yucatan Center (Photo: INAH)

The INAH Yucatan Center received pieces from a collection, which was duly incorporated into the Single System of Public Registry of Monuments and Archaeological and Historical Areas under official number 2032.P.F.

“The delivery of these valuable pieces takes place within the framework of the 80th anniversary of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)” said Eduardo López Calzada, director of the INAH Yucatan Center.

The pieces were delivered by Mónica Naranjo Talancón to the director of INAH in Yucatán. She indicated that they belonged to her husband, Joao Domingo Branco Dos Santos, who recently passed away and dedicated part of his life to document the archaeological heritage of Mexico.

“INAH acknowledges with a thank you to all citizens who have contributed to the preservation of the archaeological cultural legacy, we especially appreciate the contribution of Mr. Joao Branco and his wife Mrs. Monica Naranjo and their respect for the regulations on archaeological monuments”, the official said.

“Today this heritage that belongs to all Mexicans is returned to the Nation, so it can be preserved for future generations,” he added.

The collection was duly registered in 2009 by the Directorate of Public Registry of Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments and Zones in favor of Branco Dos Santos, who ordered that this historical heritage be reinstated to the INAH upon his death, in order to continue the research and that the pieces can eventually be exhibited in museums.

The director of the INAH Yucatán indicated that the recovered archeological assets will be sent to the Ceramoteca based in Mérida, Yucatán, so that the pieces can be reinstated to their respective collections, and can be appreciated by all students, archaeologists and researchers.

Once the research is completed, an exhibition is planned to be held at the INAH museums in Yucatan.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom



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