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  • 12 Aug 2014 3:26 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Chinese group appeals to Japan's emperor over artefact

    Published on Aug 12, 2014 1:11 PM
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    BEIJIN (AFP) - A Chinese organisation has appealed to Japan's Emperor Akihito to return a 1,300 year-old stele taken from China over a century ago, state media reported.

    The Honglujing Stele was "looted by Japanese soldiers early last century from northeastern China", the official Xinhua news agency said, and now sits in "virtual seclusion" in Japan's Imperial Palace.

    The stone monument, 1.8 metres tall and three metres wide, shows that the first king of the northeast Asian Bohai kingdom was given his title by a Chinese emperor from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the report said.

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  • 12 Aug 2014 8:40 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Stolen Valley Durga in Stuttgart, ASI builds case for its return

    Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | August 12, 2014 2:55 am The Tengpora Durga, on the cover of art expert Pratapaditya Pal’s book.

    A rare 1,300-year-old stone Durga that disappeared from a small temple in Kashmir at the height of militancy in the mid-1990s has been located at the Linden-Museum in Stuttgart in southern Germany.

    Two experts from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the Linden-Museum this May, and the ASI last week submitted several documents to the museum through New Delhi’s embassy in Berlin in order to make India’s claim over the idol “absolutely watertight”, officials said.

  • 11 Aug 2014 7:50 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Losing Maya Heritage to Looters

    Stolen artifacts are making it from the Guatemalan jungle to wealthy black-market buyers.

    Erik Vance

    for National Geographic

    Published August 8, 2014

    Deep in the jungle in the north of Guatemala, along deep-rutted 4x4 tracks, the pyramids of the great Maya city of Xultún are hidden under heavy vegetation and oddly symmetrical hills. But crudely cut tunnels in the sides of the hills signal a modern intrusion.

    The tunnels are the work of "huecheros"undefinedthe local slang term for antiquity looters, derived from the Maya word for armadillo. On a building overlooking an ancient plaza, the looters scrawl a message, brazen and taunting: "We, the huecheros, stuck it to this place."

    Almost every pyramid in the sprawling site has a looter's tunnel on at least one side. Most of the hieroglyphic panels, the pottery, and the jade from tombs here have been raided and sold on the black market to wealthy foreigners. One of the tallest pyramidsundefineda majestic building that slices high in the air like the Temple of the Great Jaguarundefinedwas actually cut in half by looters, making it look like a giant stone napkin holder.

    Xultún is part of an international trade in Maya antiquities that spread across much of the region in the 1980s and '90s and has scraped away what little opportunity was left to modern scientists to understand the people who once lived here. This amputation of cultural historyundefinedin many ways stretching back to the conquest of the New Worldundefinedhas left us with far more questions than answers about the Maya.

  • 07 Aug 2014 9:19 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    Egypt retrieves stolen relief from Germany
    Thursday, 7 August 2014
    Date of publication:Thursday, 7 August 2014

    The Ministry of Antiquities has retrieved a relief that was stolen from the wall of the 13th dynasty King Sobekhotep's tomb in Luxor and illegally smuggled out of the country last century.

    The German Cultural Center in Cairo said in a statement on Wednesday 6/8/2014 that the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin got the artifact several days ago


  • 07 Aug 2014 8:35 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    FBI Returns Ancient Sculptures to Turkey


    In a ceremony at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. on August 5, 2014, the FBI returned to Turkish authorities 10 funerary sculptures stolen many years ago from the Republic of Turkey. Assistant Director John Boles, representing the FBI, handed the artifacts over to Serdar Kilic, Turkish Ambassador to the United States. The items, dating from the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D. from ancient Lydia in western Turkey, eventually made their way to a gallery in the U.S. but were formally returned after an investigation by the FBI’s New York Field Office.

  • 05 Aug 2014 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    Nigerian officials claim that diplomacy will help in efforts to repatriate cultural artifacts.

  • 05 Aug 2014 2:49 PM | Anonymous
    Syrians are risking their lives to protect cultural heritage in their country.

  • 05 Aug 2014 11:20 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria

    Media Note

    Office of the Spokesperson

    Washington, DC

    August 4, 2014

    The U.S. Department of State and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) have signed a $600,000 cooperative agreement to comprehensively document the current condition of cultural heritage sites in Syria and assess the future restoration, preservation, and protection needs for those sites. ASOR’s documentation and planning will raise global awareness of the threats to Syria’s cultural heritage and identify immediate or future projects and assistance that can be carried out and provided inside Syria.

  • 05 Aug 2014 7:42 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    U.S. returning ancient Greek coins after Manhattan DA prosecutes prominent collector

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. will return to Greek officials some ancient coins following the prosecution of a noted Rhode Island hand surgeon caught peddling forged coins at an auction at the Waldorf-Astoria in 2012.

    Monday, August 4, 2014, 11:09 AM

    NEW YORK undefined Some ancient coins are being returned to Greece after the New York prosecution of a prominent collector from Rhode Island.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and Greek officials scheduled a ceremony Monday marking the repatriation of coins dating to 500 B.C.

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  • 31 Jul 2014 1:13 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Group demands return of looted Benin Artifacts

    BENIN CITY- Nearly one year following the controversial opening of Benin Kingdom Gallery by the Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, the original owners of the priceless treasures are not giving up the fight for the return of their cultural inheritance.

    Edo United for Homeland Empowerment, a Human rights group, with headquarters in Boston Massachusetts is demanding the return by MFA to Benin of all stolen Benin Kingdom artifacts in its possession.

    The groups position was contained in an electronic mail to The NIGERIAN OBSERVER in Benin City

2600 Virginia Ave., NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20037

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