Cultural Heritage News


  • 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

  • 11 Mar 2012 1:01 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    A recently discovered 1,500-year-old Christian church by the joint Syrian-Polish archaeological mission in Palmyra, 210 kms northeast of Damascus. (Photo: AFP - Palmyra Department of Antiquities and Museums)By: Joanne Bajjaly

    Published Sunday, March 11, 2012

     An internal Syrian government memo claims that “professional international gangs” are setting up shop inside Syria to mass loot the country’s antiquity treasures, a scenario eerily reminiscent of Iraq’s fate under US occupation.

    A Facebook group named “Syrian Archaeological Ruins in Danger” has posted a copy of a letter sent from Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar to the ministers of culture and finance and the governor of the central bank. The letter confirms reports that “professional international gangs” had brought “equipment and satellite communication devices for stealing manuscripts and robbing museums, safes, and banks” into the country. Safar said that similar networks had operated in Iraq and Libya and requested the tightening of security measures around such places for fear that these gangs had already entered into Syria.

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/5043/

     

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

    Notice of Meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee

        There will be a meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee April 24-27, 2012, at the Department of State, Annex 5, 2200 C Street NW., Washington, DC. Portions of this meeting will be closed to the public, as discussed below.   

         During the closed portions of the meeting, the Committee will
    review the proposal to extend the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Objects and Materials from the Pre-
    Columbian Cultures of Guatemala (MOU) [Docket No. DOS-2012-0011] and
    the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America
    and the Government of the Republic of Mali Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from the Paleolithic Era (Stone Age) to Approximately the Mid-Eighteenth Century [Docket No. DOS-2012-0012]. Additionally, the Government of Guatemala has asked that the MOU be amended to include ethnological ecclesiastical material representing the Colonial Period of its cultural heritage.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-12/html/2012-5909.htm

  • 07 Mar 2012 7:41 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    Stolen Greek coins, objects recovered

    ATHENS- Agence France-Presse

    Ancient small statues are displayed at the police station of Poligiros. More than 200 police officers raided 55 buildings to recover the ancient coins and other artifacts. AFP photo

    Ancient small statues are displayed at the police station of Poligiros. More than 200 police officers raided 55 buildings to recover the ancient coins and other artifacts. AFP photo

    Greek police on March 4 said they had arrested 44 people and recovered thousands of ancient coins after busting a smuggling ring.

    “Over 8,000 coins of all forms, mainly bronze, and dating from the 6th century BC to the Byzantine period were found,” a press statement said.

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stolen-greek-coins-objects-recovered.aspx?pageID=238&nID=15302&NewsCatID=375
  • 06 Mar 2012 4:01 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Talks Fail Between Chabad and Russian Government Over Return of Religious Texts

    Negotiations between the Russian Federation and the Chabad-Lubavitch movement over the return of Jewish texts in the custody of Russian state agencies have failed to date, according to a new filing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    In a statement (PDF) filed with the court yesterday afternoon, Chabad asked U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth to begin issuing monetary sanctions against the Russian government until the texts are returned.

    http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/03/talks-fail-between-chabad-and-russian-government-over-return-of-religious-texts.html#tp

  • 06 Mar 2012 1:42 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Turkey wants Bowling Green State University's ancient Roman mosaics returned

    Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 6:00 AM     Updated: Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 12:07 PM
    Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
    L1020301.JPGView full sizeThe ancient Roman mosaics at BGSU have been installed below glass in a lobby at the new Wolfe Arts Center.

    Turkey said it expects Bowling Green State University to return a dozen ancient Roman mosaics believed to have been looted in the 1960s from a site along the Euphrates River.

    The university bought the mosaics, which depict birds, theater masks and other subjects, for $35,000 in 1965 from a New York dealer.

    When research in January showed that the mosaics were probably looted, the university went public quickly.

    http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2012/03/turkey_wants_bgsus_ancient_rom.html

     

  • 03 Mar 2012 1:31 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    .Call to halt sale of 'blood antiques'
    PHOTO
    A photo of the entrance of the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. A statue which is 200 years older than those found at Angkor Wat is being sold in New York. [ABC]

    AUDIO
    Connect Asia's Liam Cochrane speaks to Tess Davis

    Created: Fri, 2 Mar13:25:28 EST 2012
    Last Updated: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 22:23:00 +1100

    The Cambodian Government has asked New York auction house, Sotherby's, not to sell an ancient statue it suspects was looted during the Khmer Rouge era.

    The statue was expected to fetch between $US2 million and $US3 million.

    It's a warrior in an elaborate headdress about 1.5 metres tall but it was snapped off at the feet from it's stone pedestal.

    http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201203/3444713.htm?desktop 

 
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