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  • 02 Sep 2014 4:45 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Pre-hispanic archaeological treasure seized in Spain returns to Colombia

    Gonzalo Dominguez Loeda Sept. 2, 2014

    Bogota, Sep 2 (EFE).- Colombian officials have presented to the public 50 out of 691 archaeological pieces which were seized by Spanish police from drug traffickers 11 years ago in an anti-narcotics operation.

    The artifacts were returned to the South American country after almost a decade of study and cataloguing in the Museum of the Americas in Madrid.

    In a ceremony on Monday attended by officials of both countries, Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said that "words are not enough" to describe the items which belong to several pre-Colombian cultures and produced over a period of ten centuries.
  • 02 Sep 2014 2:02 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    ISIS’ Antiquities Sideline

    The territorial gains made by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have provoked fears undefined as well as tentative news reports undefined that archaeological sites in those countries are being attacked and looted, much as sites in Iraq were at the outset of the second Iraq war.

    We have recently returned from southern Turkey, where we were training Syrian activists and museum staff preservationists to document and protect their country’s cultural heritage. That heritage includes remains from the ancient Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods, along with some of the earliest examples of writing and some of the best examples of Hellenistic, Roman and Christian mosaics.

  • 02 Sep 2014 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    The NY Times published an Oped about the relationship between ISIS and antiquities looting. Read the great piece here:

  • 02 Sep 2014 8:07 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Archaeological treasures trove

    Sometimes events combine to send a message. Over the past fortnight, three events in the cultural heritage field have occurred that offer cause for hope and concern. Together, they bring home to all that, lying in the ground that we walk on and in the seas that surround us, is a trove of archaeological treasures going back hundreds and, sometimes, thousands of years.

    Malta’s proximity to the major civilisations of the central Mediterranean, its involvement in the great conflicts of the region have given us a depth of history and cultural heritage disproportionate to our size. Due to our extraordinary 7,000-year history, we have, after Rome, the largest number of monuments and historic sites worthy of saving per square kilometre. Many of these even enjoy world heritage status.

  • 29 Aug 2014 2:29 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Meet the saviour of India's heritage

    Over the last decade, Kirit Mankodi, a Mumbai-based professor of Archaeology has been working hard to help recover the country’s stolen heritage and create an online profile of stolen Indian artworks

    In January 2014, Indian newspapers reported the return of three stolen sculptures undefined two amorous couples (known as Mithunas in Indian art), and a stone sculpture of a male deity from the US Immigration Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security to the Indian embassy. The three sculptures were valued at $1.5 million (Rs 9 crore). While the news widely featured and was appreciated by all Indian art lovers, very few are aware that it would have been impossible without the efforts of a Mumbai-based professor of Archaeology, Kirit Mankodi.

    Earlier, in 2010, Mankodi, an expert on Indian temples and sculptures, had helped Interpol trace the sculptures. He had identified one of the sculptures in an ad for sale in an international magazine. Mankodi immediately wrote emails to the Interpol and US Homeland Security with details about the sculptures, their place of origin and photographs of the site, before and after the theft. He also wrote emails to scholars, museums, art dealers and experts around the world to help locate the second one.

    Over the last decade, Kirit Mankodi, a Mumbai-based professor of Archaeology has been working hard to help recover the country’s stolen heritage and create an online profile of stolen Indian artworks

  • 28 Aug 2014 3:11 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Iraq and Syria’s cultural heritage face new threat from fanatics

    Fears grow that social media savvy Islamic State is exploiting monitors’ lists
  • 28 Aug 2014 8:45 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    The Parthenon marbles are the world's most beautiful art – and that's why we should give them back


    What can you do with the world's most beautiful art? Where does it belong? How should it be cared for and displayed?

    The art in question is the array of sculpture created in Athens in the 5th century BC to decorate the Parthenon, the temple to Athena that still, today, dominates the skyline of the Greek capital.

  • 28 Aug 2014 8:14 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    9th Circuit Rules For Repatriating Skeletons

    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The 9th Circuit on Wednesday refused to overturn the repatriation of 9,000-year-old skeletons to the Kumeyaay Indian Tribes.

    In 2012, the Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee, consisting of 12 tribes in San Diego County, sued the University of California in the San Diego federal court. The tribes argued that the school was required to repatriate the remains under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

  • 18 Aug 2014 1:34 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    The Lure of Antiquities

    LONDON undefined Antiquities are the art world’s niche market of the moment. Last month in London, sculptures from ancient Egypt and ancient Rome sold for 15.8 million pounds and £9.4 million respectively, setting the highest prices at Christie’s and Sotheby’s summer auctions of pre-20th-century works. At the same time, the British capital is reinforcing its reputation as the world’s leading art souk, where the international rich can buy masterpieces from just about any culture and era, with the opening of four galleries specializing in museum-quality objects from the ancient world.

    The rise in sales of stellar objects from Egypt, Greece, Rome and other ancient civilizations can be attributed in part to their timeless appeal. They’re attracting purchases from contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Marc Quinn, as well as impulse buyers from other collecting fields. The diversity of this client base, as well as the museum-proven quality of the artifacts themselves, make antiquities consistent sellers at international art fairs like Tefaf Maastricht and Frieze Masters.

  • 18 Aug 2014 7:38 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Lost in Translation: Germany’s Fascination With the American Old West

    AUG. 17, 2014

    RADEBEUL, Germany undefined Hans Grunert is no stranger to requests from Native Americans regarding the display of sacred items among the headdresses, moccasins, jewelry and hundreds of other artifacts at the Karl May Museum, housed in a faux-log cabin behind a stately 19th-century villa in this eastern German town.

    Since the museum’s opening in 1928, a Blackfoot medicine man has held a smoke ceremony for the peace pipe collection, and Lakota have made recommendations on how to display the contents of medicine bags in a way that appeases the spirits.

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