Cultural Heritage News

  • 16 May 2015 6:38 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the American Institute for Roman Culture on its launch of The site offers state-of-the-art technology providing new perspective on cultural heritage preservation and management.

  • 14 May 2015 12:28 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    Greece will not seek Parthenon sculptures in court: Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis
    A section of marble frieze sculpture (438-432 BC) from the Parthenon in Athens, part of the collection that is popularly referred to as the Elgin Marbles, is displayed during a press preview of the British Museum's "Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art" in central London on March 24, 2015. Running from march 26 to July 5 2015, the exhibition explores the Greek preoccupation with the human form, and features around 150 objects. These include bronzes and vases as well as iconic white marble statues and sculptures. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL.
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    ATHENS (AFP).- Greece will not seek to settle a decades-old dispute with the British Museum over the Parthenon sculptures in court, the culture minister said on Wednesday.

    "One cannot go to court over whichever issue and besides, in international courts the outcome is uncertain," Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis told Mega TV.

    Instead, Athens would follow a "diplomatic and political" approach, Xydakis said, arguing that the climate was slowly changing in Greece's favour.

  • 13 May 2015 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Do you believe in ghosts? You might if you find yourself at Mallows Bay in Charles County. Standing on its shores, a ghostly fleet of nearly 100 wooden World War I-era steamships appears to rise from the depths as the tide ebbs.  These are friendly ghosts, as they saw no battles and lost no souls.  Nevertheless, at nearly 300 feet long each the ships create an impressive sight, especially at times of extreme low water. Around a full moon, one could almost cross the water on the skeletons of these behemoths.


  • 13 May 2015 8:54 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    UNESCO Director-General calls on all parties to protect Yemen’s cultural heritage

    ©UNESCO/M. Gropa - Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, World Heritage site

    Amid alarming reports about bombing of the World Heritage Site of the Old City of Sana’a, UNESCO’s Director-General calls on all parties to protect Yemen’s unique cultural heritage.

    Over the past few days, UNESCO received reports of severe damage to significant cultural heritage sites in Yemen. According to several media reports and official sources, the old city of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, was heavily bombed during the night of 11 May 2015, causing severe damage to many of its historic buildings. In addition, the old city of Sa’adah, which is included on Yemen’s World Heritage Tentative List, as well as the archaeological site of the pre-Islamic walled city of Baraqish, have also suffered damages

  • 13 May 2015 8:41 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    French collectors hand back gold to China they had given to Musée Guimet

    Concerns raised after François Pinault returns looted artefacts as diplomatic gesture

    by Vincent Noce  |  12 May 2015 The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has secretly organised the restitution to China of a collection of solid gold objects dating back almost 2,000 years, on the grounds that they had been looted from Gansu province. The operation was planned as a noble gesture, but haste and confusion have undone these best-laid plans, leaving red faces at the ministry, irritation in the museum community and potential donors perhaps rethinking their plans. The treasure in question had been housed in the Guimet museum, thanks to a donation by the entrepreneur and collector François Pinault.
  • 12 May 2015 1:54 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Iraq says Islamic State's destruction of historical sites is cover for sophisticated looting 

    By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The videos of Islamic State militants destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq's museums and blowing up 3,000-year-old temples are chilling enough, but one of Iraq's top antiquities officials is now saying the destruction is a cover for an even more sinister activity — the systematic looting of Iraq's cultural heritage.

    In the videos that appeared in April, militants can be seen taking sledge hammers to the iconic winged-bulls of Assyria and sawing apart floral reliefs in the palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud before the entire site is destroyed with explosives. But according to Qais Hussein Rashid, head of Iraq's State Board for Antiquities and Heritage, that was just the final step in a deeper game.
  • 11 May 2015 1:12 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    30 years later, US Museum returns stolen ancient statue to Cambodia

    Monday May 11, 2015
    03:47 PM GMT+8

    The metre-high statue was stolen in the 1970s from the Koh Ker temple site near the famed Angkor Wat complex.

    The artwork, which had been in the possession of the Cleveland Museum of Art in the US since 1982, was received by Cambodian officials on late yesterday night, an official said.


  • 11 May 2015 7:12 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Smuggled artefacts to return to Egypt from Switzerland 


    A collection of 32 ancient Egyptian artefacts will be brought home from Switzerland in June Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 9 May 2015
    • A collection of 32 ancient Egyptian artefacts is to return back to Egypt in June after Egypt successfully asserted ownership of the objects.

  • 11 May 2015 7:08 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Cultural Policy Center, Smithsonian co-host workshop on cultural heritage protection

    Experts discuss measures that may preserve threatened antiquities

     By Rebecca A. Clay May 8, 2015

    Last month, researchers, policymakers and practitioners gathered in Washington, D.C. to explore how to preserve culture in the age of ISIS and other threats. The University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center and the Smithsonian Institution convened the group of experts on cultural heritage protection.

     Speaking at the workshop, U.S. Army archaeologist Laurie Rush said, for U.S. soldiers, protecting cultural heritage isn't only focused on official repositories for artifacts, such as a museum. Sometimes their assignments take them to places far from city centers.

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  • 05 May 2015 2:21 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Returning the Spoils of World War II, Taken by Our Side

    By TOM MASHBERG MAY 5, 2015

    As the Allies stormed through Germany in 1945, museum officials in Dessau scurried to hide their art treasures in a nearby salt mine, where they would soon be discovered by American soldiers.

    Much of the art was preserved, but three paintings by old masters somehow ended up in a poker game won by an American tank commander, Maj. William S. Oftebro, who quietly mailed them home.

    For the past seven decades, they have been with his family, most recently on the wall of his widow’s room in an assisted living center in Texas. 

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