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Dominican Republic moves to protect its cultural heritage

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic is already one of the countries with the “Endangered Cultural Heritage Red List” of artifacts that can be smuggled.

Associated with UNESCO, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) approved and officially launched the country’s listing on Tuesday, a document which includes three categories of religious, coins, sculptures and objects vulnerable to trafficking, and cover the Prehispanic, Colonial and Republican periods

The Red List aims to help museums which sell art, collectors, customs officials and the police to identify parts that may be vulnerable to trafficking, and includes a variety of objects, styles and periods, selected by a team of experts.

It describes several categories of endangered pieces that can be bought and sold in the illicit antiquities market, in order to facilitate identification.

The pieces can be located throughout the country, such as Taino artifacts buried along the coasts, said Luisa de Peña Díaz, director of the Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance (MMRD), who worked with the experts to identify parts vulnerable to such malpractice.

She said there is a possibility that in all the coasts may have cemeteries, since the Tainos used caves for those purposes, so there may be many valuable pieces because the people were buried with all their belongings. “They used caves not only for religious activities and shelters, but also for everyday activities. They always had had burials around the ceremonial plazas in the villages they inhabited.”

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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