Mexico Tries a New Tactic to Get Its Antiquities Back: Social Pressure
A campaign using social media and auction-house shaming has recovered thousands of relics and rattled international markets for artifacts
By Robert P. Walzer for The Wall Street Journal July 30, 2022
MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s global hunt for missing ancient artifacts recently led to a Stockholm storage room, where a pair of 2,000-year-old ceramic figurines used decades ago to advertise the Mexican liqueur Kahlúa were gathering dust.
The startled Swedish corporate archivist who found the statuettes this spring contacted a Mexican Embassy official, who called anthropologists in Mexico City who soon certified them as shaft-tomb artifacts, leading to their return to Mexico in a June ceremony.
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