Namibia on Monday took delivery of 23 ancient pieces of jewellery, tools, and other objects pillaged during colonial rule and returned as an indefinite loan from Germany. The AFP news agency reports that its part of a project to encourage reconciliation between the two nations. Museum Association of Namibia chairperson, Hilma Kautondokwa said the returned items were taken mostly between the 1860s and the early 1890s. However, activists have questioned why Germany opted to loan the looted artefacts as opposed to simply handing them back. The items have been put up for public exhibition and will be available to local academics for research.