Colombia has successfully recovered from Spain hundreds of priceless, pre-Columbian artifacts smuggled out of the country more than a decade ago.
The 691 cultural treasures include carved funeral urns and conch-shaped musical instruments that, in some cases, date back thousands of years. All are from ancient societies that inhabited the northern part of the Andes prior to the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century.
The foreign ministry displayed the objects before the press on Monday. A public exhibit of the treasures is expected to open next year.
The objects were seized by Spanish authorities more than a decade ago during an anti-narcotics bust. They were placed in the care of Madrid’s Museum of the Americas prior to their return to Colombia.