Cultural Heritage News

  • 15 Dec 2014 7:35 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Priceless 6th Century B.C. historical artifacts returned to Turkish government  

    New York, New York - Dozens of priceless historical artifacts dating back more than 2,500 years looted from the Republic of Turkey and illegally smuggled into the United States were returned to the Turkish government Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    The artifacts were intercepted at Newark International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in February 2013 and HSI Newark returned the items Tuesday subsequent to an investigation that determined the artifacts were illegally smuggled out of Turkey using false documentation destined for an individual in Illinois. 

    http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/latest-news/552-priceless-6th-century-b-c-historical-artifacts-returned-to-turkish-government.html
  • 15 Dec 2014 7:31 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Court to Rule on Turkish Dealer’s Collection of Looted Artifacts

     

    MUNICH, Germany (Cyprus Mail)undefinedA German court is set to issue a final decision on the fate of 85 artifacts stolen from Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, including fragments of painted church walls, an Armenian gospel manuscript, and some 40 prehistoric antiques, the Cyprus Mail reports.

    The Court of Appeal of Munich is expected to issue its final decision in relation to some of those items found in the possession of a Turkish dealer, Aydin Dikmen. A total of 173 stolen artifacts found in Αydin Dikmen`s posession in Munich were repatriated to Cyprus last October.

    http://asbarez.com/129777/court-to-rule-on-turkish-dealer%E2%80%99s-collection-of-looted-artifacts/

     

  • 14 Dec 2014 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    The director of the State Art Museum of Uzbekistan in Tashkent was sentenced today to nine years in prison for systematically replacing works from the institution’s collection with fakes and selling off the originals over a 15-year period. 

    http://hyperallergic.com/168595/uzbekistan-museum-director-sold-artworks-and-replaced-them-with-fakes/

     

  • 11 Dec 2014 8:32 PM | Anonymous

    Read information about the release of a book about cultural security here: http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/p966 



  • 11 Dec 2014 3:37 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Priceless 6th Century B.C. historical artifacts returned to Turkish government  

    Written by ICE

     
    Published: 10 December 2014  

     

    New York, New York - Dozens of priceless historical artifacts dating back more than 2,500 years looted from the Republic of Turkey and illegally smuggled into the United States were returned to the Turkish government Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    The artifacts were intercepted at Newark International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in February 2013 and HSI Newark returned the items Tuesday subsequent to an investigation that determined the artifacts were illegally smuggled out of Turkey using false documentation destined for an individual in Illinois. 

    http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/latest-news/552-priceless-6th-century-b-c-historical-artifacts-returned-to-turkish-government.html
  • 09 Dec 2014 12:20 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Islamic State Income from Looted Antiquities Grossly Overestimated 

    Western media keep portraying IS as an organization that exploits Syrian cultural heritage in order to finance its campaign of terror, but new research published in Die Zeit suggests that this image is largely inaccurate.

    Last June, the Guardian estimated that IS had generated $36 million from the sale of antiquities "up to 8,000 years old" stolen from archaeological digs from Syria's al-Nubuk region. The German weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported that an analyst from the American think tank Brookings estimated IS's total income from the sale of antiquities as nearer to the $100 million mark. 

    http://news.artnet.com/art-world/islamic-state-income-from-looted-antiquities-grossly-overestimated-189913

  • 09 Dec 2014 12:17 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Syria’s Ancient Heritage Sites Constantly Under Threat 

    The Syrian conflict has claimed more than 100,000 lives and it’s been a devastating
    human tragedy, but there’s also been a major toll on the country’s historic cultural landmarks.

    Syria is home to six UNESCO world heritage sites –most of them have been damaged by bombs and looting– and other important sites are also under continued threat of being damaged or destroyed. Sites under threat include the world’s oldest synagogue and the oldest depiction of Christ.

    The site containing the Middle East’s largest collection of mosaics is also under threat.

     

    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/12/08/syria-ancient-art 

  • 05 Dec 2014 4:26 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    British Museum Lends Elgin Marbles, Disputed Artifact, to Russia, Angering Greece

    LONDON undefined The British Museum plunged itself into a geopolitical tempest Friday, loaning one of the most contentiously disputed Greek artifacts to Russia’s Hermitage in a surprise arrangement that outraged Greece.

    The loan of the artifact, one of the so-called Elgin Marbles, a British Museum collection of Parthenon sculptures, also seemed at odds with the West’s increasing ostracism of Russia over Ukraine conflict and a range of other East-West disputes. 

     

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/world/europe/elgin-marbles-lent-to-hermitage-museum.html?_r=1 

  • 05 Dec 2014 1:20 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Māori welcome ancestral remains home

    Updated at 6:25 pm on 5 December 2014

    The ancestral Māori and Moriori remains were taken from New Zealand in the 1800s and eventually housed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

    The iwi in residence at Te Papa, Ngāti Toa, greeted their ancestors with karanga, wailing and the recitation of ancient Māori incantations to clear a pathway for the tūpuna to return home 

     

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/261054/maori-welcome-ancestral-remains-home 

  • 04 Dec 2014 12:08 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    UNESCO chief calls for ‘protected cultural zones’ in war-torn Iraq, Syria

     

    3 December 2014 – Denouncing the persecution of minorities, attacks on cultural heritage and illicit trafficking in cultural properties in Iraq and Syria as “part of a strategy of deliberate cultural cleansing of exceptional violence,” the head of the United Nations cultural agency today urged the creation of “protected cultural zones” around heritage sites in the two crisis-riven countries.

    “It is not too late to take action,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said, adding “there can be no purely military solution to this crisis. To fight fanaticism, we also need to reinforce education, a defence against hatred, and protect heritage, which helps forge collective identity.” 

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49506

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