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Blog Profile / Looting Matters

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Archived Since:October 4, 2008

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The workings of PAS

I have valued my relationship with the British Museum over several decades. It has been a feature of my life for as long as I can remember.I have read some of the material that has come out from Paul Barford's request for information. Show More Summary

Destruction in Mosul

It has been widely reported that significant archaeological material from Iraq has been deliberately destroyed. One of the reports can be found on the BBC with comments by Professor Eleanor Robson of UCL ("Islamic State 'destroys ancient...Show More Summary

Hypothetical commentary on Syrian antiquities?

Not saying Syrian antiquities aren't coming to UK (doubt they are). I say there's no proof. VERY shoddy reporting. @washingtonpost @thetimes— Donna Yates (@DrDonnaYates) February 25, 2015 Dr Donna Yates is a specialist in Latin American archaeology. Show More Summary

Washington lobbyist with axe to grind

Paid Washington lobbyist Peter Tompa has decided to criticise investigative reporting of antiquities from Syria by the BBC. He conveniently overlooks the way that the BBC team met key people in the region, viewed material that had been...Show More Summary

Bronze Herakles to return to Pesaro

In 1964 a bronze Herakles, dating to the 6th or 5th centuries BC, was stolen from the museum in Pesaro ("US returns stolen artwork 'The Holy Trinity Appearing to Saint Clement' to Italy", ArtNews 25 February 2015). It is reported toShow More Summary

A North American Dealer on Looting in Syria

North American dealer Chris M. Maupin has commented on Simon Cox's BBC report on antiquities from Syria ("Sensationalist Reporting and the Antiquities Trade: If it’s in Print it Must be True!", February 22, 2015). Maupin only cites the...Show More Summary

The so-called Crosby Garrett helmet

The 'Crosby Garrett' helmet on display in the British Museum© David Gill My article on the so-called Crosby Garrett helmet that appeared in the Journal of Art Crime is now available on This documents the varying accounts of the discovery, reporting, 'restoration', sale, and display.

Egyptian antiquities on the market

My study of Egyptian antiquities surfacing on the market is due to be published in March 2015.Gill, D. W. J. 2015. "Egyptian antiquities on the market." In The management of Egypt's cultural heritage, edited by F. A. Hassan, G. J. Tassie, L. Show More Summary

Becchina material in Britain

Source: MiBAC Alice Philipson and David Harrison have followed up the Gianfranco Becchina story ("British museums linked to Sicilian ‘loot dealer’", Sunday Times 8 February 2015). They have named one UK university museum (that had already...Show More Summary

The Dioskouroi from Syria

Dioskouroi featuring in the Schinoussa Archive and on display in New York MMA New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has been displaying a pair of Roman statues (on loan since 2008). The reported (but unauthenticated) collecting history attempts to place the pieces in a Mithraeum at Sidon with their discovery in the 19th century. Show More Summary

Palmyran head for sale

, I noticed some time ago (December 2013) that there was a 'Palmyran limestone head' for sale on eBay. It was even used to illustrate two lectures in Cambridge. The head has now been discounted at $3,900. Its collecting history has been...Show More Summary

Looting in Syria

© David Gill BBC's File on Four investigative team have made a detailed exploration of the movement of looted antiquities from Syria to the markets of western Europe. They look at material that is on offer for sale in Beirut, and other objects that have been seized in Lebanon. Show More Summary

Trading antiquities from Syria

BBC Radio 4's journalists have been investigating the movement of archaeological material from Syria to the antiquities markets in the west (Simon Cox, "The men who smuggle the loot that funds IS", BBC News Magazine 17 February 2015). Show More Summary

Searching heritage sites in Devon by night

Plympton police warning 'treasure hunters' not to break the law #HeritageCrime #Nighthawking @DC_PCC @DC_Police— EH Heritage Crime (@EHHeritageCrime) February 16, 2015 It appears that a police officer apprehended an individual searching the Castle Green by torchlight at Plympton St Maurice in Devon. Show More Summary

Heritage Crime and the need to protect Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall at Cawfields Crags © David Gill It appears that illegal metal detecting has been taking place along the line of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland (Tony Henderson, "Heritage crime concern on Hadrian's Wall because of illegal digging", Chronicle 10 February 2015). Show More Summary

The Lenborough Hoard and loss of knowledge

The Lenborough HoardSource: I noticed that The Times (London has covered the Lenborough Hoard (Jack Malvern, "Metal-detector row led to £1m Anglo Saxon coin hoard", 11 February 2015). Much of the story recycles the British Museum press release but it includes a section on Paul Barford, an "archaeological blogger". Show More Summary

Antiquities from Syria

BBC Radio 4's "File on Four" will be covering the topic of looted antiquities from Syria and Northern Iraq its programme next week (and also available on the BBC World Service). It will investigate claims about the value of the material surfacing on the market as well as the routes used to get items onto the western markets.Programme details here.

The Lenborough Hoard and the future of PAS

Lenborough HoardSource: (CC) The Lenborough Hoard is now featured on the BBC ("Hoard of Anglo Saxon coins largest discovered under Treasure Act", 11 February 2015). It is essentially a recycled press release (see here),Show More Summary

Lenborough Hoard: update

Lenborough HoardSource: (under CC) There appeared to be a curious blip on the PAS website earlier today that meant the normal record was unavailable. I have checked again this evening and it is now all there [here].The circumstances provided on the website appears as "Weekend Wanderers Xmas Dig". Show More Summary

The amazing archaeological hoard

I see that the Lenborough Hoard features prominently in the press release for the launch of the Treasure Annual Report 2012 [press release, "Largest Anglo-Saxon coin hoard tops list of latest nationwide treasure finds". 10 February 2015].... Show More Summary

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