LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville seized 13 ancient artifacts from the 12th century at UPS Worldport this week. 

The artifacts, which date back to the Post-classic to the Aztec eras, 1100 through 1532 AD, were intercepted in Louisville on July 24, according to a news release.

The shipment was arriving from Mexico and headed to a home in Sumer, South Carolina. Inside the package, officers found 12 adzes, which are tools for chopping and one skull. 

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville seized several ancient artifacts, including a skull, at UPS Worldport.  (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

“I’m extremely proud that our officers were able to stop priceless artifacts from being lost forever,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of Field Operations at the Chicago Field Office. 

Most countries have laws that protect their property, including artifacts from being exported to other countries without documentation. 

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