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  • 21 Apr 2014 4:46 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Tribe seeks return of artifacts taken from abandoned Alaska village

    Alex DeMarban
    A prominent Southeast Alaska cultural leader says that Yale University's museum that has held onto a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from an abandoned village more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request.Courtesy Yale University

    An East Coast museum that houses a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from an abandoned village more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request, said a prominent cultural leader from Southeast Alaska.

    At issue are a pair of large wooden crests on display at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. The relics, including a bird that was part of a shaman’s gravesite, once adorned totem poles, museum officials said.

  • 21 Apr 2014 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    He is a hero, and not just any hero. History has celebrated Ghazi Mohammad Ayub Khan, and matching tributes have been paid to the man who gave a humiliating defeat to the British army in 1880. He was an Afghan general from Maiwind, who was laid to rest in Peshawar.

    The Victor of Maiwind as he is called popularly rests in a tomb made of pure white marble. Islamic calligraphy, geometric patterns and floral carvings beautified his last abode for a century. The tomb is in the Durrani graveyard compound where other family members of Sardar Ayub are also buried. Graves of former members of the Afghan monarchy are also here.

  • 21 Apr 2014 4:04 PM | Anonymous
  • 21 Apr 2014 3:21 PM | Anonymous
    A Look at the Attack on the Antiquities Act

    Some in congress want to change a bill that allows presidents to designate national monuments. Should we care? Recently, U.S. Representative Rob Bishop celebrated a victory. He managed to push bill HR 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act, through the House. Its aim is to weaken the President’s ability to designate public lands as national monuments, an authority assigned under the Antiquities Act of 1906. - Outside Magazine
  • 21 Apr 2014 12:57 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

      Vision of Home

    Repatriated Works Back in Their Countries of Origin

      The goddess of Morgantina, on view in the archaeological museum in Aidone, Sicily.Credit Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times This story is included with an NYT Now subscription.

      AIDONE, Sicily undefined The ruins of the ancient Greek city of Morgantina sit high on a hill in eastern Sicily. There are cherry trees, wildflowers and total stillness, save for the sound of bird song. The area has long been sacred to Persephone; legend has it that Hades pulled that goddess into the underworld by a nearby lake.

      It was here at Morgantina, just outside the modern town of Aidone, that in the late 1970s or early 1980s, a breathtaking statue of a goddess, draped in a windswept robe and standing over seven feet tall, is believed to have been found. First thought to be Aphrodite and now widely considered to be Persephone, the statue, which dates to about 425 B.C., has become one of the most contested artworks in the world.

    • 21 Apr 2014 9:18 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
      Paris museum holds on to stolen statues
      Musée Guimet negotiating with the Nepalese government over two stelae that have been off display for more than a decade

      The 12th-century stone statue of Lord Vishnu was reportedly stolen late 1970s

      The Musée Guimet, France’s national museum of Asian art, says that discussions are ongoing with the Nepalese government over two stolen statues housed at the Paris-based museum. “We intend to reach an agreement regarding the artefacts in advance of a major show devoted to Nepalese artefacts planned for 2016,” a museum spokeswoman says.

    • 17 Apr 2014 8:09 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
      Is it time the UK signed the Hague Convention?
      Labour’s shadow culture minister urges the new secretary to protect cultural heritage
    • 17 Apr 2014 8:03 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

      Yale Faces New Claims Of Stolen Artifacts

      by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 16, 2014 1:19 pm

      A year and a half after Yale returned the last of hundreds of Machu Picchu artifacts to Peru, the Yale Peabody Museum faces a new charge of cultural theftundefinedthis time about two carvings from a native Alaskan tribe.

      Two Tlingit carvings on display at the museum are stolen property, and should be sent back to their owners in Alaska, according to several students and scholars who spoke Tuesday afternoon at Yale.

    • 17 Apr 2014 8:02 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

      Syrian War Takes Heavy Toll at a Crossroad of Cultures

      PALMYRA, Syria undefined The imposing stone colonnades still stand, below stark hills dotted with tombs. They still glow peach-pink in the afternoon sun, impassive, as if unimpressed by what is, after all, not their first war.

      At the first-century Temple of Bel, one of the best-preserved buildings in the ancient city of Palmyra, a prominent column bears a new scar. A mortar shell left a telltale splash mark on the stone, without budging a structure that has stood for 2,000 years. Elsewhere, two other columns have collapsed, officials said, and bullets have pockmarked walls. But compared with the wholesale destruction that was feared, the damage, for now, is minimal.

      Yet the war has left deeper, less obvious wounds. Illegal digging, long a problem at the many sprawling archaeological sites in Syria, has accelerated during three years of conflict. Grave robbers, some crude, others professional, have stolen numerous objects from Palmyra’s tombs, museum officials say, sometimes sawing funeral friezes in two to make them easier to carry.

      Another casualty is the town of Tadmur, a jumble of concrete skirting the skeleton of the grander ancient city. Its tourist economy has shut down. And for local people, who consider themselves custodians of one of the world’s most magnificent ancient sites, there is a greater, if less tangible, pain.

    • 16 Apr 2014 1:27 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

      European Parliament approves new provisions for the return of national treasures

      Today the European Parliament voted in favour of a new directive to help EU countries organise the return of cultural objects that were unlawfully removed from their state and are currently located in another EU country. The new legislation aims at securing the recovery by an EU Member State of any cultural item identified as "national treasures of artistic, historic or archaeological value" which were illegally removed from its territory on or after 1 January 1993. It will give better protection to objects that form part of the cultural heritage of the Member States and will contribute to the prevention and fight against illicit trafficking in cultural objects.

      European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship commented: "The Member States' cultural heritage is a valuable asset. It forms part of Europe's rich and diverse cultural traditions. The new Directive shows the determination of the European Parliament to help Member States safeguard their national treasures and we are convinced that this initiative is also supported by the Council"

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