Cultural Heritage News

  • 24 Sep 2015 9:17 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Germany returns Hindu statue to India

    The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg has handed over a heritage statue to the Indian ambassador in Berlin. The Durga idol had been stolen before being sold to a German museum.

    The Durga-Statue that will be returned to India (Photo: Linden Museum, Stuttgart)

    The federal state of Baden-Württemberg returned the statue called "Durga Mahishasuramardini" to the Republic of India "for ethical reasons", Arndt Oschmann from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts said on Wednesday. Indian ambassador S. E. Vijay is to receive the statue of the eight-armed goddess later on Wednesday in Berlin.

    According to Arndt Oschmann, the Linden State Museum for Ethnology in Stuttgart bought the statue in the year 2000, using funds from Baden-Württemberg's Museum Foundation. The stone idol cost $250,000 (about 224,00 euros).

  • 22 Sep 2015 2:27 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Saving Antiquities From Islamic State

    U.N. boots on the ground, as well as safekeeping artifacts in museums around the world, are among the measures the world needs to take.


    James Cuno

    Sept. 21, 2015 6:49 p.m. ET

    Late last month in Palmyra, Syria, Islamic State killers beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old Syrian archaeologist who had reportedly refused to reveal the whereabouts of pre-Islamic antiquities hidden for safekeeping. A few weeks later, Islamic State, or ISIS, blew up the Temple of Bel, a remarkable first-century structure where the Semitic god was once worshiped.

    What can the world do to stop ISIS from its destruction of ancient art and architecture in Syria and Iraq? Here are four actions to take:

  • 17 Sep 2015 2:07 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Historical sites in Syria are being looted 'on an industrial scale'

    Irina Bokova, head of Unesco, calls on the international community to counter Isis’s ‘propaganda for cultural cleansing’

    Agence France-Presse

    Archaeological sites in Syria are being looted “on an industrial scale” and the proceeds from the plunder are funding Islamic State extremists, the head of Unesco has warned.

    “Satellite imagery shows that archaeological sites in Syria are dotted by thousands of illegal excavations … that show there is looting on an industrial scale,” Irina Bokova said in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    “Limiting the trafficking in cultural property is a top priority because it finances the actions of the extremists,” she told a conference on combating the looting of Syria’s cultural heritage.

  • 16 Sep 2015 1:11 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Syria archaeological sites looted 'on industrial scale': UNESCO


    By Vessela Sergueva and Diana Simeonova

    Sofia (AFP) - Archaeological sites in Syria are being looted "on an industrial scale" and the proceeds from the plunder are funding Islamic State extremists, the head of UNESCO warned on Wednesday.

    "Satellite imagery shows that archaeological sites in Syria are dotted by thousands of illegal excavations... that show there is looting on an industrial scale," Irina Bokova said in Sofia.

  • 16 Sep 2015 10:43 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Smuggling India's Antiquities


    Existing measures to protect India’s rich heritage have proven to be woefully inadequate.

    By Neeta Lal for The Diplomat

    September 16, 2015

    Indian Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s recent admission in parliament that eight cases of antiquities theft were reported from State-protected monuments and museums across three states over the last year, has yet again brought to the fore the fraught issue of pilferage and smuggling of art treasures from Indian shores.

    According to Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based advocacy group, illegal trade in paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts is one of the world’s most lucrative criminal enterprises, estimated at $6 billion a year. And India, with its redoubtable cultural heritage, bureaucratic apathy, and tardy implementation of antiquities protection laws, offers pilferers fertile ground to plunder the past and spirit away booty worth billions for sale in the international bazaar.

  • 15 Sep 2015 8:43 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    The Link Between the Islamic State and the Western Art Trade

    Marine colonel and antiquities expert says the West must do more to prevent the terrorist group’s huge profits from Middle Eastern

    BY: Daniel Wiser
    September 14, 2015 5:00 am

    When Matthew Bogdanos began investigating the looting of artifacts from Iraq’s National Museum in 2003, his team often found caches of weapons mixed in among the stolen antiquities.

    In time, he discovered the missing link. Al Qaeda had been profiting from the sale of relics pillaged from the museum.

    “We would be searching for terrorists, and later we found antiquities,” Bogdanos

  • 09 Sep 2015 2:41 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Following the trail of Syria's looted history

    ISIS has demolished precious artifacts and archaeological sites from Syria to Iraq. But CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward says, out of sight and off camera, what isn't destroyed is being quietly sold on a black market that reaches Europe and even the U.S.

  • 09 Sep 2015 9:56 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    The religious and cultural heritage being ruined by Yemen's war

    Sep 9th 2015, 13:06 by N.P. and ERASMUS

    ANYBODY who follows the international media will be aware that some terrible harm has been done to the world's spiritual and cultural heritage in the course of fighting in Syria and Iraq; and that some of this destruction is a result of deliberate efforts by Islamic State fighters to eliminate all structures which are out of step with their own narrow understanding of Sunni Islam

  • 09 Sep 2015 8:42 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Safeguarding cultural heritage of Syria and Iraq essential for future peace: Senior UN officials

    September 8, 2015

    PARIS – Denouncing the systematic cultural cleansing afflicting societies in Syria and Iraq as “crimes against all of humanity,” United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and the Director-General of the UNEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, met in Paris on Monday to discuss the destruction of cultural heritage and possible measures to counter the rise of violent extremism.

  • 09 Sep 2015 8:40 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    France Pres. calls for protecting cultural heritage in Mideast
    07/09/2015 | 23:41 LOC 
    GMT 20:41
    | Arab News
    تصغير الخطالشكل الأساسيتكبير الخط

    By Ahmad Al-Mazyad

    PARIS, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- French President Francois Hollande underlined keenness on protecting cultural heritage around the world in general and the Middle East in particular, where a wide-scale deliberate destruction and trading of antiquities was taking place.
    Hollande's remarks came at the opening of an exhibition, "Osiris, Sunken Mysteries of Egypt," held at the Paris-based Arab World Institute.


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