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February 19th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica has recovered more than 3,000 pre-Columbian artifacts including vases, pots, incense burners, pendants and sculptures from a private owner in the largest-ever such seizure in the country.
The artifacts were seized from the Dada Fumero family, who had maintained possession of the artifacts for decades.
The pieces were seized during a raid conducted on August 19th, 2010 at the family’s residence in Lourdes de Montes de Oca.
After the seizure, a criminal case was opened against Ligia Fumero Monge for violation of the National Archaeological Heritage Act. Her husband, John Dada Vasiliades, died in 1999.
Now, the pieces are heading to their final home: the National Museum, after a ruling earlier this month by the Criminal Court of San José in resolution 2014-24.
Under the National Archaeological Heritage Act, the Costa Rican government owns all archaeological objects, except where the objects were obtained prior to the 1938 passage of the Act.
The more than 3,000 pieces were packed in 127 boxes. Experts at the National Museum will unpack, sort, and record the artifacts, after which they will be available for research and exhibition both inside and outside the country.