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  • 18 Sep 2014 1:21 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Egypt recovers stolen fragments of Cheops pyramid   

    Egypt has recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops said to have been stolen by Germans, including part of a stone tablet identifying the pharaoh it was named after, state media reported Wednesday.

    The Egyptian foreign ministry handed over “samples stolen in the Cheops pyramid” to the antiquities ministry, said the official MENA news agency.

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2014/09/17/Egypt-recovers-stolen-fragments-of-Cheops-pyramid-.html
  • 18 Sep 2014 1:19 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Cambodia's stolen warriors

    A special two-part investigation explores how a famous Cambodian temple statue ended up in a New York auction house.

    Last updated: 17 Sep 2014 18:55

    When he leafed through Sotheby's auction catalogue last year, archaeologist Simon Warrack could not believe what he saw. With a starting bid of $2m, a life-sized, 500-pound warrior statue dating back to the Cambodian Khmer dynasty was to be auctioned in New York. The catalogue boasted: 'If one could choose only one sculpture to symbolise the glory of Khmer art, this figure could fulfill such a challenge'.

    What the catalogue neglects to mention is that the spectacular statue watched over the temples of Koh Ker for more than 1,000 years, before Khmer Rouge looters cut him and his twin brother off their pedestals in the early 1970s. By selling scores of ancient artefacts like these to international art smuggling cartels, the communist group financed their bloody war in Cambodia, which claimed the lives of two million people.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2014/09/cambodia-stolen-warriors-2014915214423584637.html

  • 15 Sep 2014 8:50 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Islamic State sells ‘blood antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria to raise money

    September 14 at 7:58 PM

    Mark Vlasic, a senior fellow and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, was the head of operations of the joint World Bank-U.N. Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative. He is also counselor to the Antiquities Coalition.

    As President Obama moves ahead with his plan to confront the so-called Islamic State, all options, as they say, should be on the table. Thus, while “kinetic force” is a likely focus, the terrorism financing must not be overlooked. By targeting one of the group’s funding sources, policy-makers can also help to preserve the history of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. What’s needed is an immediate, multifaceted initiative to curb the sale of “blood antiquities.”

    The Islamic State is reported to be the world’s richest terrorist organization, and it has been made rich, in part, by looting Iraq and Syria. The group’s advance has been fueled by the sale of stolen artifacts that are vital to defining the Syrian and Iraqi cultures, which pre-date Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Indeed, the ongoing pillaging of this legacy is a blow to our collective humanity.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/islamic-state-sells-blood-antiquities-from-iraq-and-syria-to-raise-money/2014/09/14/49663c98-3a7e-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html

  • 15 Sep 2014 8:50 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Islamic State sells ‘blood antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria to raise money

    September 14 at 7:58 PM

    Mark Vlasic, a senior fellow and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, was the head of operations of the joint World Bank-U.N. Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative. He is also counselor to the Antiquities Coalition.

    As President Obama moves ahead with his plan to confront the so-called Islamic State, all options, as they say, should be on the table. Thus, while “kinetic force” is a likely focus, the terrorism financing must not be overlooked. By targeting one of the group’s funding sources, policy-makers can also help to preserve the history of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. What’s needed is an immediate, multifaceted initiative to curb the sale of “blood antiquities.”

    The Islamic State is reported to be the world’s richest terrorist organization, and it has been made rich, in part, by looting Iraq and Syria. The group’s advance has been fueled by the sale of stolen artifacts that are vital to defining the Syrian and Iraqi cultures, which pre-date Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Indeed, the ongoing pillaging of this legacy is a blow to our collective humanity.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/islamic-state-sells-blood-antiquities-from-iraq-and-syria-to-raise-money/2014/09/14/49663c98-3a7e-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html

  • 15 Sep 2014 8:48 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Notice of Meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee

    This Notice document was issued by the U.S. Department of State (DOS)

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    DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    [Public Notice: 8863; Docket No. DOS-2014-0022]

    Notice of Meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee

    There will be a meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee October 7-9, 2014 at the U.S. 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 portion 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 El Salvador Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Certain Categories of Archaeological Material from the Prehispanic Cultures of the Republic of El Salvador (“MOU”) [Docket No. DOS-2014-0022]. An open session to receive oral public comment on the proposal to extend the MOU with El Salvador will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

    Also, during the closed portion of the meeting, the Committee will conduct interim reviews of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Bolivia Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from the Pre-Columbian Cultures and Certain Ethnological Material from the Colonial and Republican Periods of Bolivia and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Hellenic Republic Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological and Byzantine Ecclesiastical Ethnological Material through the 15th Century A.D. of the Hellenic Republic. Public comment, oral and written, will be invited at a time in the future should these Memoranda of Understanding be proposed for extension. In closed session, the Committee will also continue its review of the request from the Arab Republic of Egypt to enter into a bilateral agreement

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOS-2014-0022-0001

  • 11 Sep 2014 8:16 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Scythian gold returned to Kiev

    But works from Crimean museum remain in Amsterdam pending judge’s ruling

    Nineteen pieces of Scythian gold, including a fourth-century BC ceremonial helmet, have been returned by the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam to the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine. They went on public display in Kiev on Tuesday.

    The fate of another 565 items originally lent by four museums in Crimea for the same exhibition, “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea”, remains in question since Russia annexed the region in March, two months before the show was originally scheduled to end.

     

    http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Scythian-gold-returned-to-Kiev/35643

  • 09 Sep 2014 1:13 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Miami Is a Hub for Stolen Art and Artifacts

         

    Two summers ago, Miami was the stage for one of the strangest FBI sting operations on record. On July 17, 2012, undercover agents set up a clandestine deal in a pricey South Beach hotel room. With hidden cameras recording his every move, an unwitting suspect carefully removed the much-coveted object from inside a cardboard tube. Then the cops kicked down the door.

    But the illicit good wasn't an assault rifle or a brick of Colombian yeyo. It was a stolen painting.

    The recovery in Miami of Henri Matisse's Odalisque in Red Pants undefined described in our September 4 feature, "Vanishing Point" undefined was no fluke, however. Miami may still be maturing as an international cultural capital, but it's long been a black-market boomtown. Dozens of near-priceless pieces of art or antiquities have mysteriously surfaced in Miami, only to be seized by authorities.

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2014-09-11/news/miami-is-a-hub-for-stolen-art-and-artifacts/

  • 08 Sep 2014 4:42 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    Stolen 18th Century Art Returned to Peru
  • 06 Sep 2014 5:18 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Feds to return 70-million-year-old dinosaur fossil to Mongolian government

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors filed court papers to seize the fossilized skull and vertebrae after a dealer allegedly attempted to smuggle it into America.

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Friday, September 5, 2014, 12:49 PM

    The feds are sending home a 70-million-year-old Mongolian dinosaur.

    Its fossilized skull and vertebrae, that is.

    Brooklyn prosecutors have filed a lawsuit to seize the stolen remains, which the fossil dealer falsely described in shipping documents as a cheap replica of dinosaur bones from France.



    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/feds-return-70-million-year-old-dinosaur-fossil-mongolian-government-article-1.1929322#ixzz3CZZXWP00

  • 06 Sep 2014 1:41 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Australia returns two stolen ancient, priceless idols to India

    New Delhi: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who is on a state visit to India is returning two looted idols seized from Australian museums during a meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday.

    Abbott is personally delivering the National Gallery of Australia's Rs 30 crore ($5 million) Dancing Shiva or Nataraja Ardand and the Art Gallery of New South Wales's Rs 2 crore ($300,000) Ardhanarishvara to Modi as a "gesture of good will" at a state reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the evening.

    Both priceless objects were stolen from temples in India and later sold to the museums by Manhattan dealer Subhash Kapoor, who, his gallery manager has admitted, created falsified ownership documents to hide their illicit origins.

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/australia-returns-two-stolen-ancient-priceless-idols-to-india/496426-62-128.html

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