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Abdelkarim: "Contents of Syrian museums are in good condition"

The Director of the Archaeology and Museums General Directorate Mamoun Abdelkarim said that the Directorate had managed to protect around 99% of the contents of Syria’s museums throughout the past four years, employing swift and effective steps to carry that out. Show More Summary

Palmyra Loot on its Way

Thieves stole these funerary reliefs in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. The Syrian police caught the perpetrators before they could smuggle their haul out of the country ( Photo : AP / SANA)

Raqqa Museum, Syria present state

Ar-Raqqah Museum, Syria present state. A bomb was dropped near the museum resulting in damage to the building. The museum is sited in a historical building built in 1861 as a Seray Building (government building) and was founded as a museum in 1981, this museum curated large collections of items from the Ar-Raqqah province. Show More Summary

Press coverage of Steinhardt Sardinian Figure Growing

Rara Dea Madre finisce all-asta da Christie-s via @lanuovasardegna— David Gill (@davidwjgill) November 25, 2014 There seems to be growing coverage in the Sardinian and Italian press of the story that the figure...Show More Summary

Coverage of Steinhardt Sardinian Figure

Source: Tsirogannis / ARCA The coverage of the story about the Sardinian figure due to be auctioned at Christie's in December is growing. There is now a feature on Sardinian TV.

The Steinhardt Sardinian Figure: Social Media

ARCAblog | Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis identifies rare Sardinian idol to be auctioned at Christie's December 11...— ARCA (@ARCA_artcrime) November 21, 2014 Comments on social media are applying pressure on the vendor of a Sardinian figure due to be sold at Christie's in December.

Diplomatic pressure and the Steinhardt Sardinian Figure

Sardinian figure identified from the Medici DossierSource: Dr Christos Tsirogiannis / ARCA It appears that officials in Sardinia have asked US Ambassador Phillips (in Rome) that the Sardinian figure due to be auctioned at Christie's in December should be returned to Italy ("Pili: Bloccate l'asta della Dea Madre. Show More Summary

ISIL Funding: the View from Glasgow and Liverpool

Yesterday, Jessica Dietler of Glasgow University claimed that there was a 'lack of evidence' for ISIL raising funds through the trafficking of ancient artefacts. Today that is echoed by somebody calling themselves 'Lestak de Lioncourt...Show More Summary

Müller-Karpe on Amending the 2007 Cultural Heritage Protection Act

Museum archaeologist Müller-Karpe talks to M. Doering about the proposed amendment of the 2007 Cultural Heritage Protection Act and the influence of the art dealer lobby.Deutschland ist zu einem Umschlagplatz für internationale Schmuggler antiker Kunst geworden. Show More Summary

US to impose restrictions on smuggling Egyptian antiquities

The United States has agreed to impose restrictions on the import of smuggled Egyptian artefacts into the country. Reuters news agency quoted the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Al-Damati as saying that the US State Department...Show More Summary

Making it up as they go Along

A few weeks ago John Hooker, the man who seems to consider himself the world’s greatest living numismatist, 'identified' using a popular handbook a photoshop picture of a coin as an issue of a central European bishop who never issued coins. Show More Summary

The Steinhardt Sardinian figure and "the transparency of our operations"

Sardinian figure from the Medici DossierSource: Dr Christos Tsirogiannis / ARCA Readers of LM will know that Max Bernheimer of Christie's made a public statement in 2010 about the 'transparency of [Chriet's] operations". He specifically...Show More Summary

An Introduction to Slow

I have a few days this week to get work done before the holidays and decided to start work on my part of the introduction to our volume of North Dakota Quarterly dedicated to the Slow Movement. While we’re still putting the final touches on the contributions, the volume obviously requires a few words introducing […]

Museum Resurrects a Crushed Mummy Mask

Now, what you do, you take this mask [chuckles]… Scholars die when they hear it, but we own them so you can do it[...] I was so scared the first time I did it…'What if you tear it?' They say, 'Well you tear it. Since we own it, it’s OK.'”. Show More Summary

Tunesia Challenges Drouot Artefact Auctions

Last week, as the Quotidien de l'art reports, Tunisia's Culture Ministry intervened to prevent the sale of several artefacts (including a Roman headstone and El Aouja ceramics) at Paris auction house Drouot.Coline Milliard,'Tunisia's Culture Ministry Blocks Auction of Looted Antiquities' Artnet News Monday, November 24, 2014

'Dugups' as "Offensive" to sensitive spirits as Artefact Hunter?

A graduate student whose fieldwork is in Cyprus and who was probably not even born when I began investigating the antiquities trade and collecting decided last night to tweet me some hints about how I should write what I think. Then a California classicist decided to join in berating me. Show More Summary

“Archaeology is a combative science”

Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis Climate change—so often and so recently coupled with the decline of early civilizations in the Near East, the Indus Valley and the Mediterranean—may not have ushered in the collapse of the late Bronze Age after all. A new study suggests that Bronze Age cultures everywhere collapsed not because [...]

Bodies, bodies, everywhere!

21 anyway: Warriors, double burials, grave goods, Bronze Age barrow and Roman floor found in Suffolk A double burial and a “warrior burial” with a large spearhead and dagger were among 21 skeletons found at a Saxon site with a medieval field system, say archaeologists who uncovered the 7th century remains ahead of a property development [...]

Jessica Dietzler Says Sayles is Right

Jessica Dietzler announces on Twitter:I read the snippet you referenced in your post and he's right that evidence is lacking. He's also right to question things.Well, Jessica Dietzler may think "evidence is lacking" for ISIL raising funds through antiquity sales. Show More Summary

Felch Asked to Aid Dealer Denial

Ursula Kampmann (November 24, 2014 at 4:26 am) is not having any of this questioning into whose pockets money from the no-questions-asked trade in dugup antiquities goes. she says its all "rumour" and "speculations". She asks Jason Felch...Show More Summary

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