Cultural Heritage News

  • 16 Nov 2014 7:19 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Debate rages about rights of museums to resist claims on artefacts made by the countries of origin 

     

    J. Paul Getty Trust president James Cuno is back in the fray over whether antiquities and other prized artefacts from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cradles of Western civilisation should remain in museum collections in America, Britain and other major collector nations or be sent back to the countries where they were created hundreds or thousands of years ago.

    The latest salvo from the Los Angeles museum boss is an article he wrote for the November-December issue of Foreign Affairs magazine titled "Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts". It returns to themes Cuno explored in Who Owns Antiquity?, his 2008 book.

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1639705/debate-rages-about-rights-museums-resist-claims-artefacts

  • 12 Nov 2014 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    With masterpieces in Italian churches harder to steal, thieves are targeting less valuable objects: candelabra, chalices, even the silver crown of a carved saint.  

    http://www.artnews.com/2014/11/12/art-theft-in-italian-churches/ 

  • 12 Nov 2014 7:45 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    The blood antiquities funding ISIL

    The sale of illegal antiquities is now estimated to be ISIL's second-largest revenue stream after oil.

    by Stephennie Mulder

     

    Recently, in an exclusive event at New York's Metropolitan Museum, Secretary of State John Kerry stood - with perhaps unintended irony - before the facade of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to back an initiative to track losses of Syrian and Iraqi antiquities, including the destruction of monuments and looting of precious objects from archaeological sites.

    Kerry blamed "barbaric" practices of groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who profit by sponsoring highly organised groups of looters who sell the objects, fresh from the ground, to middlemen.

    But one might ask: Who buys them? 

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/11/blood-antiquities-funding-isil-2014119113948461658.html

  • 10 Nov 2014 12:14 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Burke Museum to return artifacts to Peruvian government

     

    After four years of coordination, several artifacts from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture’s Peruvian collection returned to their home country last week.

    The items include human remains, ceramic vessels and bowls, necklaces, and a textile, each of which have different histories. On Wednesday, the Peruvian Consul General arrived to attend a private gathering held by the museum, during which the items, excluding the human remains, were exhibited before they were packed up and transported

    http://dailyuw.com/archive/2014/11/09/news/burke-museum-return-artifacts-peruvian-government

  • 10 Nov 2014 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    The Archaeological Institute of America has issued a statement about the sale of antiquities by the St Louis branch of the organisation ("New AIA Statement on the St. Louis Society", November 4, 2014). The AIA's Governing Body has highlighted three reasons why the St Louis branch should not sell.

    Read the entire post here:

    http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2014/11/aia-and-st-louis.html

  • 05 Nov 2014 7:13 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to LCCHP Board Member Rick St. Hilaire for winning the 2014 Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the New Hampshire Bar Association. He received the award in recognition of his national and international advocacy work to protect the world's cultural and historical records, art and artifacts. Thank you, Rick, for all of your work; it is an honor to have you as one of our Board Members.  

  • 05 Nov 2014 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Snubbing its nose at long-held ethical standards established by the U.S. archaeological community, the St Louis Chapter of the Archaeological Society of America has placed entrusted Mesoamerican and Egyptian artifacts for sale on the antiquities market. 

    http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/june-2013/article/archaeological-society-in-st-louis-places-ancient-artifacts-on-the-auction-block 

     

  • 05 Nov 2014 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    A new art and cultural heritage blog launched this week. You can follow the insightful posts at http://www.gtlaw-culturalassets.com/

     

     

     

  • 03 Nov 2014 12:33 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Getty's James Cuno defends museums' right to keep ancient art

       

    James Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, is back in the fray over whether antiquities and other prized artifacts from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cradles of Western civilization should remain in museum collections in America, Great Britain and other major collector nations or be sent back to the countries where they were created hundreds or thousands of years ago.

    The latest salvo from the L.A. museum leader is an article he wrote for the November-December issue of Foreign Affairs magazine titled “Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts.”

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-james-cuno-getty-museum-antiquities-parthenon-elgin-marbles-20141031-story.html

  • 03 Nov 2014 12:30 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Unesco chief slams destruction of Iraq heritage

    Baghdad - Unesco chief Irina Bokova on Sunday slammed the "barbaric" destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage, as jihadists from the Islamic State group destroy age-old sites in areas they control.

    Iraq has "thousands of temples, of buildings, of archaeological sites, of objects, that represent a treasure for [all] humanity," Bokova said during a visit to Baghdad.

    http://www.news24.com/World/News/Unesco-chief-slams-destruction-of-Iraq-heritage-20141102

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