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Neolithic Artifacts Handed Over to Kosovo Museum

Monday, February 25, 2013

PRISTINA, KOSOVO—The German government has handed over seven Neolithic artifacts to the Kosovo Archaeology Museum. The artifacts, which are thought to have been made by the Vinca culture, were probably looted during the 1998-99 Kosovo War between ethnic Albanians and Serbia. German police recovered the artifacts in 2005 during an unrelated raid. “It has been a long period of expertise and analysis that we’ve done together with German authorities to conclude that they have been smuggled from Kosovo,” said culture minister Memli Krasniqi. Kosovo and Serbia continue to debate the ownership of some 1,200 artifacts once held in the museum.