Morocco recovers nearly 25,000 archaeological pieces seized by French Customs

Morocco recovers nearly 25,000 archaeological pieces seized by French Customs
Morocco recovers nearly 25,000 archaeological pieces seized by French Customs

These archaeological objects were handed over to the Consul General of Morocco in Marseille, Said Bakhkhar, by the deputy interregional director of customs and indirect rights of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, during a ceremony held at the Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) in Marseille.

In total, there are 24,459 fossil and archaeological objects, trilobites, teeth, animal skulls and jaws, arrowheads and cut tools and rock engravings, from pre-Saharan and anti-Atlas sites, and dating from 500,000 million years and from the Paleolithic and Neolithic times (6,130,000 years / – 6,000 years), which will return to Morocco.

Among this inestimable treasure, there are rock engravings, some of which date from the Neolithic era, a crocodile skull still partly in its matrix, an exceptional piece especially since very many fakes are on sale, as well as teeth of fish and reptiles dated mainly from the Eocene, second period of the Paleogene and second of the Cenozoic era (56-33 million years ago).

These archaeological objects had been intercepted on the occasion of three consecutive seizures carried out by the Arles and Perpignan customs authorities between November 2005 and November 2006.

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