NOTE: All artifacts in this collection where obtained in accordance with all state, national and international laws. The artifacts in this collection have been obtained prior to 1970 and have remained in a private collection since. None of the artifacts in this collection where imported by their collector and have not violated any UNESCO Convention Laws.
Legal Notice Regarding the Sale of Nazca & Other pre-Columbian Artifacts
The United States government has implemented laws to restrict the importation of archaeological and ethnological material from Peru. These laws are based on the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (823 U.N.T.S. 231 (1972)). U.S. acceptance of the 1970 UNESCO Convention was codified into U.S. law as the "Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act" (Pub.L. 97-446, 19 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.) ("the Act"). This was done to promote U.S.leadership in achieving greater international cooperation towards preserving cultural treasures that are of importance not only to the nations whence they originate, but also to greater international understanding of mankind's common heritage. The U.S. is, to date, the only major art importing country to implement the 1970 Convention. During the past several years, import restrictions have been imposed on a emergency basis on archaeological and ethnological artifacts of a number of signatory nations as a result of requests for protection received from those nations.
Why am I mentioning all of this legal information? I do not import Nazca ( Nasca ), Inca or other pre-Columbian artifacts from South America or buy them from auction websites. I do not own any culturally sensitive ethnographic material and I obey all the laws of the USA. These artifactz where purchased as a collection from Antiquity Dealers from around the world whom had purchased their collections prior to 1965. The owners authenticated their collections. these artifacts have been in the USA since before the UNESCO agreement. These items are therefore legal to own in the USA. However, they cannot be exported to other countries.
I am fortunate to have friends Tony and Teresa Putty, Founded in 1986, T&T Archaeological Consulting, LLC provides two distinct forms of service. Teresa Putty heads up academic and research endeavors evaluation as it relates to authenticity and rarity). Tony Putty's efforts are focused on the commercial aspects of artifact acquisition, providing appraisal values and investment advice.
Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (BA Anthropological Studies)
Ball State University
(MA in Anthropology/Archaeology)