More than 40 ancient artifacts from Illinois head back to Australia

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ILLINOIS (WTVO) — More than 40 ancient artifacts that have been in Illinois for decades are on their way back to Australia.

The State Museum turned over the pieces Wednesday during a special ceremony.

Members of Aboriginal Groups came to Springfield to receive the items.

It’s part of the Australian Government’s “Return of Cultural Heritage Project.”

The Illinois State Museum is the first institution to submit items to the program.

Members of the groups and museum leaders hope the exchange will open the door for similar actions in the future.

“Many museums resist, at times, prioritizing this kind of activity but it’s really just a reallocation of resources,” said Illinois State Museum Director Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. “It’s a different way of working and I hope that we continue to prioritize these projects.”

The Australian Government funds the project, and it hopes to bring thousands of artifacts back from overseas institutions.

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