Colombia has recovered 39 pre-Columbian pieces that were found in Belgium, the Andean nation's foreign ministry said.

The items were delivered to the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History, which certified their authenticity and their status as elements of Colombia's cultural heritage.

A Belgian citizen, Jacques Deuller, turned over the pieces to the Colombian Embassy in Brussels, which arranged for their transport to Bogota, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

In June, Colombia received 691 Colombian antiquities from the Spanish government.

Those pieces were recovered as a result of joint Spanish-Colombian operations targeting the illegal traffic in cultural treasures. EFE