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Filed Under:Academics / Archaeology
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Archived Since:October 4, 2008

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Brazil's Cultural Heritage

There is a report in Attractions Management about the pillaging of cultural property in Brazil ("Brazilian states fight back to protect cultural heritage from trafficking", August 26, 2014). There is a small exhibition to mark objects that have been recovered. Show More Summary

Was Kaloterna 'disappeared'?

Egyptian mummy mask excavated at Saqqara Paul Barford has written on the Kaloterna collection that once (allegedly) possessed the Egyptian mummy mask discovered at Saqqara and for the time being in the St Louis Art Museum (SLAM). HeShow More Summary

Is the Kaloterna collection fictional?

Egyptian mummy mask reported to have formed part of "the Kaloterna collection" Just over a month ago I raised some questions about the Kaloterna collection. Nobody has pointed me in the direction of other objects from this collection. Show More Summary

Visual Heritage Project

Apsara Iyer has been researching the formation and persistence of antiquities trafficking markets in Peru and India. Iyer has now launched the Visual Heritage Project.The site aims to crowd sources images for archaeological sites from Instagram or Flickr and pairs these photos with older archival images. Show More Summary

The Danbury Metal Detecting Club

I note that the forthcoming sitcom, 'The Detectorists', will include the fictional Danbury Metal Detecting Club.Is the name a coincidence?Danbury Place in Essex was the home of Sofia Disney ffytche, the wife of Dr John Disney of The Hyde.And archaeologists reading this will know the significance of Disney.

The Detectorists of Suffolk

Cemetery site in Suffolk © David Gill Will Gompertz has a commentary on the forthcoming BBC sitcom 'The Detectorists', ' about a couple of middle-aged men with a passion for metal detecting'. The latest number of Saxon (the Newsletter...Show More Summary

ADCAEA: Collector of Egyptian Antiquities

I have been reflecting on the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art (ADCAEA). One of the three board members is Joop Bollen. Bollen is a collector of Egyptian antiquities (see "Joop Bollen, directeur South...Show More Summary

Theft from the Italian Chapel in Orkney

Three wooden plaques stolen from the Italian Chapel in Orkney today. These artefact are priceless - please retweet.— Dave Gray (@whassigo) August 12, 2014 BBC Journalist Dave Grey is reporting this evening that there have been thefts from the Italian Chapel in Orkney. This building was created by Italian POWs during the Second World War.

A coin hoard from the Levant?

I notice that Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. is selling a coin hoard ('Eastern Hacksilber') [CNG 97, lot 1 ]. It consists of 'Hoard of 32 Cut Silver Coins, Hacksilber, and Jewelry', and dates to the late 5th century BC. The hoard contains...Show More Summary

Greece and the Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum seems to be trying to stall on the issues surrounding the acquisition of three Greek objects in 2002 and 2004. This is a case that was highlighted in 2007.Will the museum release the full authenticated collecting...Show More Summary

ADCAEA: Code of Conduct Updated

At the end of last week I commented on the ADCAEA Code of Conduct.And it has clearly been changed to include 'archaeological sites': All members undertake not to purchase, sell or exhibit an object until they have exercised, to the best...Show More Summary

ADCAEA: who is one of the officers?

I have discussed the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art (ADCAEA) elsewhere. This association has as one of its aims: To educate and inform members on policies and laws that affects the international movement...Show More Summary

Lydian Stelai returned to Turkey

Two of the Lydian stelai due to be returned to Turkey.Source: Hurriyet Daily News The Turkish press is reporting that 10 Lydian stelai have been returned after a raid, presumably in Washington DC, with police officers and the FBI in May this year ("FBI returns the smuggled Lydian artifacts to Turkey", Hurriyet Daily News August 6, 2014). Show More Summary

ADCAEA: an association for dealers and collectors

Paul Barford's post on the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art (ADCAEA) has attracted my attention ( It is not clear why a new body is needed. One of the two dealers, Hixenbaugh Ancient...Show More Summary

Collector or dealer?

I have been contacted about the status of Dr Arnold-Peter Weiss who is associated with coins that will be returning to Greece.The ANS describes him as follows:A collector of ancient coins, Dr. Weiss is one of the founding Partners of...Show More Summary

Coins returning to Greece from Rhode Island collector

Coins that had passed through the hands of a North American private collector have been returned to Greece ("U.S. returning ancient Greek coins after Manhattan DA prosecutes prominent collector", New York Daily News August 4, 2014). It is reported:The coins were part of a case against noted Rhode Island hand surgeon and coin aficionado Dr. Show More Summary

Northampton set to appeal

The local newspaper in Northampton is reporting that the leader of the Council is planning to appeal against the decision by Arts Council England to remove accreditation from the Borough Council's museums. I am sure that NorthamptonShow More Summary

Northampton decision by Arts Council England

AWWToday's announcement by Arts Council England indicates that museums in Northampton have lost their accredited status. in effect this means that they will be unable to apply for arts related grants for at least the next five years. ACE...Show More Summary

St Louis Art Museum and the Mummy Mask

Did the US Authorities handle the case of the mummy mask in the St Louis Art Museum in the most appropriate way? I am sure that readers of LM will have views on this. but there is a more important issue. do we believe the collectingShow More Summary

Museums Association and Northampton

It seems that the Museums Association has reviewed the decision of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery to sell its Egyptian statue to fund future developments. It looks as if the the MA do not consider that Northampton followed the due...Show More Summary

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