Cultural Heritage News


  • 25 Jul 2014 6:00 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Macedonia Jails its Top Archaeologist

    A court in Skopje has jailed the former chief excavator, Pasko Kuzman, for three years for his role in the organized smuggling of archaeological valuables from the country.

    Sinisa Jakov Marusic
    BIRN

    Skopje

    Pasko Kuzman

    After a year-long trial in a case codenamed “Phalanx”, the former head of Macedonia’s Cultural Heritage Protection Office has been found guilty of aiding a criminal ring to excavate and sell off valuable archaeological artifacts.

    The prosecution said he and other office employees in 2011 gave permission to third parties to dig in locations near the town of Delcevo and along the road from Skopje to Veles

    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-jails-top-archaeologist

     

  • 23 Jul 2014 2:50 PM | Anonymous


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  • 23 Jul 2014 1:27 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    PREVENTING LOOTING OF ARTIFACTS

    • AA
    • GAZIANTEP –Turkey, a victim of widespread looting and smuggling of its historical artifacts, should initiate an awareness program to preserve its heritage, according to an expert.


    Creating cultural awareness in primary education is essential to preventing the smuggling of historical artifacts out of Turkey, according to an art history expert. Art historian Emine Özturk, the assistant director of the Zeugma Mosaic Museum recently said, "In this geography that has such a rich cultural heritage, the most important thing is to create cultural awareness.

    http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2014/07/23/preventing-looting-of-artifacts

  • 23 Jul 2014 1:27 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    PREVENTING LOOTING OF ARTIFACTS

    • AA
    • GAZIANTEP –Turkey, a victim of widespread looting and smuggling of its historical artifacts, should initiate an awareness program to preserve its heritage, according to an expert.


    Creating cultural awareness in primary education is essential to preventing the smuggling of historical artifacts out of Turkey, according to an art history expert. Art historian Emine Özturk, the assistant director of the Zeugma Mosaic Museum recently said, "In this geography that has such a rich cultural heritage, the most important thing is to create cultural awareness.

    http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2014/07/23/preventing-looting-of-artifacts

  • 23 Jul 2014 1:23 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    Stolen 18th dynasty relief returns from Germany
    Nevine El-Aref, Wednesday 23 Jul 2014
    A painted limestone relief that was stolen and illegally smuggled to Germany during the last century arrives back in Egypt
    Egypt on Wednesday received from Germany a painted limestone relief that was stolen in the last century from the tomb of 18th dynasty high priest Sobekhotep in the Nobles necropolis on Luxor’s west bank.

    Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Mamdouh El-Damati told Ahram Online that the recovery of the relief started a few months ago when he was Egypt’s cultural attaché in Germany and curators at Bonn University Museum were working hard to organise a temporary exhibition there.

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/106876/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-th-dynasty-relief-returns-from-Germany.aspx

     

  • 23 Jul 2014 10:08 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Norton Simon Museum seeks rehearing after 'Adam and Eve' setback

     
    Norton Simon Museum wants review of an adverse ruling in its bid to hang on to 'Adam' and 'Eve' paintings

    A bite of the apple is said to have gotten Adam and Eve thrown out of the Garden of Eden.

    Now the Norton Simon Museum wants another bite at the apple as it tries to have a legal threat to one of its most prized artworks thrown out of court. At stake are Lucas Cranach the Elder’s 1530 paired paintings “Adam” and “Eve,” which have hung in the Pasadena museum since the 1970s.

    The museum has asked for a rehearing of a June decision that went against it in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, when two members of a three-judge panel revived Marei Von Saher’s claim to “Adam” and “Eve” after it had been dismissed two years earlier in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-nazi-looted-art-norton-simon-museum-adam-eve-20140721-story.html#page=1

  • 22 Jul 2014 2:39 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Experts Decry British Complacency with Syrian Destruction

    Alexander Forbes, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    Over 100 British experts, lords, and members of Parliament have signed a letter decrying the United Kingdom’s failure to sign the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The letter was written by Nicholas Trench, the Earl of Clancarty, and published in Monday’s edition of the Telegraph and on their website.

    As the letter points out, the UK is the most significant international power that has not yet signed the Hague Convention. The US signed the accord in 2009. It was initially formulated in 1954 in response to the vast destruction of and damage to sites of national and international cultural importance during the Second World War. Those losses, Trench points out, included: “Paintings by Van Gogh and Caravaggio; the St Petersburg amber room; and architecture such as St Mary’s Church, Lübeck, and the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino.”

    http://news.artnet.com/art-world/experts-decry-british-complacency-with-syrian-destruction-64799

  • 22 Jul 2014 11:19 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    ICE, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration pledge to work together to protect cultural property

    WASHINGTON – Officials representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for the exchange of information and cooperation regarding the protection, recovery and restitution of cultural property.

    A ceremony was held at ICE headquarters in Washington to commemorate the MOU signing, the first of its kind between a U.S. agency and an agency from the Republic of Korea. The MOU was signed by ICE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas S. Winkowski and CHA Administrator Sun-hwa Rha.

    http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/c5ab57

     

  • 21 Jul 2014 2:55 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    MEDIA ADVISORY: ICE, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration to sign MOU to protect cultural property

    ICE, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration to sign MOU to protect cultural property

    WASHINGTON undefined Officials representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for the exchange of information and cooperation regarding the protection, recovery and restitution of cultural property.

     

    http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/c57fad

  • 21 Jul 2014 1:07 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    The international team trying to save Syrian antiquities

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