Cultural Heritage News

U.S. court suspends auction of ancient Iranian relief

October 28, 2017

A Green Light for Art Criminals?

By SCOTT REYBURN | September 1, 2017

The Art World Calls This Man When Masterpieces Go Missing

By  ALANNA MARTINEZ |  August 31 2017

Met Museum Turns Over Another Relic With Disputed Past to Prosecutors

by TOM MASHBERG |  August 1 2017

When Nigeria Celebrated Return of Stolen Artifacts

By NURUDEEN OYEWOLE |  July 16 2017

Why the Feds Were Smart Not to Throw the Book at Hobby Lobby for Buying Iraqi Loot

by LEILA AMINEDDOLEH |  July 12 2017

Hobby Lobby To Forfeit Smuggled Iraqi Antiquities

by RICHARD GONZALES |  July 5 2017

Satellite Images Reveal Mosul's Cultural Destruction

by KRISTIN ROMEY |  June 23 2017

The art born of destruction

by I.S. |  June 7 2017

  • 26 Apr 2010 10:00 AM | Anonymous
    New heritage law seeks to establish Sentro Rizal across the globe
    By Augusto Villalon
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    DateFirst Posted 22:05:00 04/26/2010

    AFTER 16 YEARS OF BRAINSTORMING by the private and public sectors,
    congressional hearings and long meetings with technical working groups, the
    National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 was signed into law at long last by
    President Macapagal-Arroyo on March 26.\

  • 26 Apr 2010 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    Interpol news 22 April 2010,

    The Accra mail 

    The statue of two Asian deities was stolen in September 2009 from the ruins of a temple in Atru in the Province of Rajasthan in Western India.

    At the request of the National Central Bureau (NCB) in New Delhi, the stone sculpture was added to INTERPOL's Stolen Works of Art database. Despite that, it was sold by an " international auction house having bases in New York and London". It was only located in New York after it was spotted by somebody in New Delhi featured in a magazine advertising its sale. By this time the object was already in the port of New York while being prepared for shipment to England. In the nick of time, the sculpture was seized by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (on Friday 16 April), and Indian and US authorities are now liaising over the return of the statue.
  • 25 Apr 2010 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    Q&A with Egyptian Antiquities Chief Zahi Hawass
    By Anthony Haden-Guest Artinfo April 25, 2010

    "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" opened on Friday at New York's Discovery Times Square Exposition center, next door to Sardi’s on West 44th Street. It’s the last stop on a six-city North American tour billed as the "Return of the King," a reference to the original Tut exhibition that debuted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1976. That show, which revealed the boy king's mysterious treasures (and mummy) to American audiences for the first time, created the ur-model of the blockbuster exhibition and revolutionized museum marketing — much in the way that Steven Spielberg's Jaws had reconfigured movie marketing the summer before.
    Tut II is an apt successor. But Zahi Hawass, who as the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities has been the Spielberg figure (down to the Indiana Jones Hat) behind Tut and Egyptian archeology altogether, is unsatisfied. A man famously unafraid of speaking his mind, Hawass has publicly complained that the show — which augments the 50 objects in the original exhibition with 80 more from the tombs of Tuts family — has not returned to the Met, but is instead displayed in a “hole.” Unkind, perhaps. The Times Square space, a Discovery Channel spin-off, opened last year with shows devoted to the hominid “Lucy” and the Titanic, so it is very much part of the event-culture sphere that the young pharaoh has occupied since Howard Carter discovered the entrance to his tomb on November 22, 1922.

  • 24 Apr 2010 2:56 PM | Anonymous
    Tangled Tale of a Stolen Degas

         MANHATTAN (CN) - A Manhattan antiques shop claims two women sold it a stolen Edgar Degas sculpture for $225,000. Universe Antiques claims a boyfriend of one woman swiped the sculpture after getting his hands on it to authenticate it, and that he admitted it and is in jail for it.
         The owner of Universe Antiques, Jack Shaoul, sued Susan Sills, Longines Realty and Joan M. Gralla in New York County Court.


  • 24 Apr 2010 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Gaza Strip moves to preserve its abundant ancient treasure

    The Gaza Strip was conquered by empires that left behind fortresses, alabaster jewelry, and bronze weaponry. Now the impoverished Strip is trying to rein in the black market in ancient treasure and better preserve items often found by chance.

    By Erin Cunningham, / Correspondent / April 24, 2010
    The Christian Science Monitor

    Gaza City, Gaza
    Better known for its long-running conflict, the Gaza Strip also has a reputation as an archaeological treasure-trove.

    When laborers stumbled on an ancient hoard of 1,300 silver coins and the walls of a 3,300-year-old city in the southern town of Rafah in January, it was a fresh reminder that the tiny territory maintains a rich past.

    At least a dozen major empires have conquered this tiny territory – including the Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, and British. They left behind everything from walled fortresses to alabaster jewelry to bronze weaponry.

  • 22 Apr 2010 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    Egyptian official chides museums over antiquities

    Associated Press Writer
    Posted: Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010

    NEW YORK Egypt's antiquities chief, speaking at a preview of a King Tut exhibition, renewed his attacks on museums he claims have refused to return artifacts that rightfully belong in Egypt.

    Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Wednesday he had a wish list of objects he wants returned. He singled out several museums, including the St. Louis Art Museum, which he said has a 3,200-year-old mummy mask that was stolen


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  • 22 Apr 2010 5:21 PM | Anonymous

    Getty Bronze seizure appeal turned down
    But high court ruling still pending
    21 April, 16:22
    Guarda la foto1 di 1 (ANSA) - Pesaro, April 21 - An Italian judge on Wednesday turned down an appeal from the John Paul Getty Museum against the seizure of an Ancient Greek bronze statue at the center of a long-running dispute between Italy and the US museum.

    Judge Raffaele Cormio said he could see "no reason" to uphold the Getty's request to suspend the confiscation of the world-famous artefact, which was found in the sea near this Adriatic coastal city 45 years ago.

  • 19 Apr 2010 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    Getty Appeals Italian Court's Demand for Iconic Sculpture

    Published: April 19, 2010

     BOSTON, Mass.—The Fano Athlete will remain victorious in Los Angeles — for now. In the ongoing battle for the 2,500-year-old bronze statue, more commonly known as the Getty Bronze, the J. Paul Getty Trust has appealed an Italian judge’s recent decision to claim it as Italian state property. In February, the court ruled that the sculpture should be returned to Italy, on the grounds that it was stolen property. The Getty claims that work was not “stolen,” though, noting that it was first discovered in good faith, well outside Italian territorial waters or soil.

  • 16 Apr 2010 12:29 PM | Anonymous

    Native American artefacts bring curse of suicides and FBI raids

    Three deaths as residents of Blanding, Utah, face plunder charges over hobby of collecting and trading relics

    Chris McGreal in Blanding, Utah, Thursday 15 April 2010

    They were three young boys who nearly a lifetime ago spent their spare hours scavenging for the treasures that seemed to sprout from the desert all around their small, isolated Utah town.

    Jim Redd often led the way in the hunt for centuries-old arrowheads and ancient pots littering the ground in Blanding and beyond. Then he would return to compare and swap his finds with his close friends, Austin Lyman and Winston Hurst.

  • 10 Apr 2010 8:46 PM | Anonymous

    UK accused over sale of 'looted' Italian treasures to pay tax

    The Observer,
    Dalya Alberge
    The Observer, Sunday 11 April 2010
    Rome wants back the 3,000-year-old Etruscan artefacts that came into the hands of a dealer – but ministers aim to sell them


    Ministers have been condemned for forcing through the sale of up to 1,000 antiquities allegedly stolen from Italy, in order to pay the debts of a bankrupt private collector.

    The Home Office has sparked outrage by allowing Roman bronzes, Etruscan gold and other treasures to be placed on the market by liquidators acting for the government in an attempt to recover unpaid taxes from the former owner, Robin Symes, a dealer with alleged links to the smuggling trade and a UK prison record.

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