Unique relics repatriated to St Vincent

A collection of relics that tell the story of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has grown as two artifacts have been returned safely to SVG shores.

These artifacts were recently unveiled in a ceremony at the curator’s house.

The artifacts were recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States and turned over to the SVG Embassy in the United States. The National Trust was then able to work with the Embassy to have the artifacts returned.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the chair of the St Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust, Deidre Myers, said the artifacts, one made of basalt and the other of conch, are special tools called Addis which have been used to make a wide variety of items. .

Myers said the artifacts are an important link to SVG’s past and origins and are worth preserving.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who gave the speech, said evidence suggests recovered artifacts date back thousands of years.

He called on organizations such as the National Trust as well as local historians to continue to uncover and document the history of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Both artifacts are set to be displayed in the Carnegie Building, where several important pieces of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ past are housed.

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