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Maya Panel Returns to Guatemala

Monday, December 02, 2013

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA—A carved limestone panel thought to have been removed from the Maya site of La Corona has been returned to Guatemala. According to Rosa Maria Chan, deputy minister for Cultural and Natural Heritage, the Classic period sculpture was discovered in a private collection in San Francisco in 2001. Guatemalan officials recovered it from an auction house after the collector’s death. Many artifacts were taken from La Corona and other archaeological sites in the Petén region in the nineteenth century, Chan added.