‘Gateway to the Underworld’ Returned to Its Rightful Home

May 26, 2023

A prized artifact sometimes referred to as ‘the gateway to the underworld’ is headed back to its home in Mexico. The volcanic stone structure is considered the most important piece from the Olmec civilization. The over 2000-year-old monument was illegally taken out of Mexico in the 1950s, and brought to the U.S. Finally, decades later, it was packed in a crate and loaded onto a Mexican airforce plane. Mexico’s foreign minister told reporters that the piece “is part of the heritage of the people of Mexico.”

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