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Ancient Maya altar retaken from looters in Guatemala

Ancient Maya altar retaken from looters in Guatemala
trefwoorden: Guatemala - maya altaar - plundering
The latest story coming out of the jungle of Guatemala, of plunder and violence in the illicit traffic of Maya antiquities, has an all too familiar plot line, except for the ending.
Two years ago a gang of looters fell on the palace ruins of the ancient city of Cancuén and made off with an elaborately carved stone altar, complete with writing and the image of a powerful king of the late eighth century A.D.
The thieves tried to sell the relic to drug traffickers, the only people in the region with the kind of money they were asking.

Lees verder bij: New York Times (30 oktober 2003)