US returns 2 clay figurines from Indiana collector to Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government has returned two clay figurines from the Teotihuacan culture to Mexico.
The seated figurines delivered Tuesday were probably made between A.D. 200 and 700. The mysterious culture arose at the Teotihuacan ceremonial site just north of Mexico City.
The artifacts were among thousands ranging from arrowheads to shrunken heads that U.S. federal agents removed in 2014 from a man’s Indiana farm. The man, Don Miller, amassed the 42,000-artifact collection over several decades. He died in 2015 at age 91.
About 7,000 pieces in the collection were determined to have been illegally taken from countries including China, Canada, Iraq, Peru and Mexico. The FBI says artifacts have been returned to several countries.
Mexico’s foreign relations department says about 800 Mexican artifacts were seized in the U.S. last year.