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Ancient artefacts returned to Afghanistan

Customs officials repatriate objects that were confiscated before they reached illicit art traders

The Afghan ambassador Eklil Hakimi accepted the items on behalf of his nation from Homeland Security Investigations official John Connolly

US customs officials returned six ancient relics to Afghanistan on Monday after having confiscated the objects from illicit traders in March 2011. The artefacts included five gold ornaments from the fifth and 17th-centuries and a Roman wine pitcher made sometime between the fifth and eight centuries. The Afghan ambassador Eklil Hakimi accepted the items on behalf of his nation from Homeland Security Investigations official John Connolly.

The items were originally seized from a shipment at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after agents discovered that the pieces were headed to an as-yet unnamed New York business that is suspected of trading in stolen cultural property. It is still unclear when and from where the items were looted, and the investigation is ongoing. This is the fourth repatriation of cultural goods from the US to Afghanistan since 2005.


A Roman wine pitcher made sometime between the fifth and eight centuries was also returned
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