Cultural Heritage News


  • 28 Mar 2012 5:56 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    California Law on Nazi Art Won't Aid Dutch Heir
  • 20 Mar 2012 7:53 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    US: Some Custer Museum Artifacts Were Stolen
     
    By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
    BILLINGS, Montana March 19, 2012 (AP)

    A cache of American Indian artifacts seized during raids on a Custer-themed museum in southeast Montana includes items allegedly stolen from members of the Crow Tribe.

    The allegation was detailed in court documents filed by the government in part to explain why it still has the artifacts three years after federal agents dropped their criminal probe of the Custer Battlefield Museum in Garryowen, Montana.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/feds-custer-museum-artifacts-stolen-15956508

  • 20 Mar 2012 7:51 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Antiquities Dealer Gets Home Detention, Fines for Illegally Dealing in Indian Artifacts

    Michael Glen Malter, owner of Malter Galleries Inc., in Agoura Hills, pleaded guilty last year to illegally trafficking in Native American archaeological resources.

    By City News Service Email the author March 19, 2012   Email Print    Credit Patch Upload Photos and Videos | Search Patch Archive
    Agoura Hills antiquities dealer was sentenced Monday to one year of home detention and ordered to pay about $24,000 in penalties for illegally buying and selling American Indian artifacts, including stone tools and arrowheads that had been stolen from federal land.

    Michael Glen Malter, 56, pleaded guilty last year to illegally trafficking in Native American archaeological resources. His home-based business, Malter Galleries Inc., was also a defendant in the case.

    http://agourahills.patch.com/articles/antiquities-dealer-gets-home-detention-fines-for-illegally-dealing-in-indian-artifacts#c

  • 20 Mar 2012 7:46 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    House to protect foreign artwork, except artwork stolen by Nazis
    By Pete Kasperowicz - 03/19/12 10:02 AM ET
     
    The House on Monday afternoon will vote on legislation aimed at making it easier for foreign governments to lend works of art to be displayed in U.S. museums, without fear of having the artwork subjected to litigation once it enters the United States. But the bill to be voted on would exempt artwork stolen by Nazi Germany from these assurances.

    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) introduced the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act, H.R. 4086, in February. Chabot says his bill is meant to clarify the relationship between two existing laws that has made some foreign governments wary of temporarily exporting artwork to the United States.


    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/216649-house-to-protect-foreign-artwork-except-artwork-stolen-by-nazis

  • 17 Mar 2012 10:42 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Nazi looted poster art must be returned to Peter Sachs

    Peter Sachs began his legal fight in 2005 to retrieve the posters Continue reading the main story

    A Jewish man has won his fight against a German museum for the return of thousands of rare posters stolen from his father by the Nazis in 1938.

    Berlin's Federal Court of Justice ruled Peter Sachs, who now lives in the US, is the rightful owner of the posters.

    The judges said that not returning the posters "would perpetuate Nazi injustice".

    "I can't describe what this means to me on a personal level," Peter Sachs said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17399133

  • 17 Mar 2012 10:36 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    The Maud, former ship of explorer Roald Amundsen, heading home to Norway

    Here’s how the hulk of the Maud, once sailed by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, looks today, marooned in the waters off Cambridge Bay.

    Photograph by: Susan Barr, CNSPICS

    It's official: Norway can bring home the Maud, although some people in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, may miss the familiar sight of the half-sunken wreck once sailed by polar explorer Roald Amundsen.

    Canada's cultural property export review board, which met Thursday in Ottawa, has directed the Canadian Border Services Agency to issue an export permit to the Norwegian group that's eager to bring the ship back to Norway, where a "futuristic" museum will be built around it.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/story_print.html?id=6315852&sponsor=

  • 15 Mar 2012 7:54 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Protecting Greek Antiquities in Lean Times
    By Clark Boyd ⋅ March 14, 2012 ⋅ 
     
    The Association of Greek Archaeologists have released posters like this to asking for public support for Greek culture.

    “Monuments have no voice. They have us.”

    That was the message from the Association of Greek Archaeologists at a news conference in Athens today.

    Despoina Koutsoumba, head of the association, said the Greek government is failing to protect Greece’s cultural heritage, leaving the country’s antiquities up for grabs.

    http://www.theworld.org/2012/03/protecting-greek-antiquities/

  • 14 Mar 2012 12:06 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    A trial that touched on archaeology, chemistry, Bible studies and criminal law ended in the acquittal of accused forger Oded Golan

    March 14, 2012, 11:09 am 19
  • 14 Mar 2012 12:06 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    A trial that touched on archaeology, chemistry, Bible studies and criminal law ended in the acquittal of accused forger Oded Golan

    March 14, 2012, 11:09 am 19
  • 13 Mar 2012 8:19 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Greek Archaeologists Plead for Help to Protect Heritage Amid Austerity

    By Natalie Weeks on March 12, 2012
     
    Greek archaeologists appealed to Europeans to help defend the nation’s cultural heritage and history amid cuts in the budget to maintain sites that include those around the 2,500 year-old Acropolis in Athens.
     

    “The same austerity packages and authoritarian measures that are currently tearing apart Greece and its monuments, are going to be imposed across Europe,” the Association of Greek Archaeologists said in an e-mailed statement today.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-12/greek-archaeologists-plead-for-help-to-protect-heritage-amid-austerity

 
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