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Incan treasures to be returned

Image: Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty/Museum of Cultural History, UiO

Incan artefacts seized by Norwegian police last year are to be sent back to Peru with help of Norway’s research ministry.

The items were discovered on sale in Oslo in 2017, and according to the Norwegian government the seller could not provide any documentation showing that they had been imported legally. The government contacted Peru’s ministry of culture, and found that the items are prehistoric Incan artefacts that had been illegally exported.

On 8 November, Norway’s research minister Iselin Nybø and culture minister Trine Skei Grande announced that the items would be returned to Peru after first being exhibited in Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History to raise awareness around the smuggling of historic objects.

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