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Mosaic glass: from Antinoupolis to London

Bonhams online catalogue showing lot 65 Dr Roberta Mazza has published an important discussion of a piece of Roman mosaic glass apparently from Antinoupolis in Egypt ("From Egypt to London: looting in Antinoupolis (el Sheikh ‘Abadah)", Faces and Voices, March 27, 2015). Show More Summary

Mithras seized in Italy

Mithraic group seized in Italy. Source MiBAC. Italian authorities have seized a statue of Mithras ("I CARABINIERI DEL COMANDO TPC RECUPERANO TRE OPERE DI STRAORDINARIO VALORE ARTISTICO", 27 March 2015, press release). The group seems to have been removed from a site in the vicinity of Tarquinia. Show More Summary

Bland on the so-called Crosby Garrett helmet and the Lenborough Hoard

Roger Bland has placed his paper on 'The Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure Act: the Current Situation' given at the Museums Association March 2015 Dig It: Museums and Archaeology Conference online.I notice that he discusses two topics discussed on LM. Show More Summary

Nighthawking and the BBC

The BBC has written an overview of so-called 'nighthawking' (Lauren Potts, "Digging for treasure: Is 'nighthawking' stealing our past?", 21 March 2015). There is discussion of recent digging adjacent to Hadrian's Wall.Mark Harrison has described their activities:"Some of these people are very happy to travel long distances, sometimes in groups. Show More Summary

Rendlesham and metal-detecting

Professor Chris Scull gave an excellent presentation on the Rendlesham project to the Heritage Futures seminar today. He explained how the team was able to map the vicus regius on the landscape. One aspect of the presentation was the constructive use of metal-detectorists to map finds in the study area. Show More Summary

Proposal to extend MOU with Italy

Object label spotted in North American encylopedic museumreminding us of the success of the present MOUSource: David Gill Those who visit major encyclopedic museums such as New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will know that the Italian government has been willing to share archaeological material with a North American audience. Show More Summary

TEFAF Maastricht 2015

Followers of LM will be interested in some of the archaeological material appearing in this video.

Weep for Nimrud

Heaven cried out, Earth groaned Day grew silent, darkness emerged, Lightning flashed, fire broke out, Flames crackled, death rained down.— David Gill (@davidwjgill) March 6, 2015 I thought that we could use these ancient words to remember...Show More Summary

Damage to Nimrud

Various media outlets are reporting the deliberate damage to the archaeological site of Nimrud. Nimrud: Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site (6 February 2015). The Director General of UNESCO has issued a press release ("UNESCO...Show More Summary

National Gallery of Australia to return statue to India

BREAKING > The Kushan Buddha Goes Home: Nancy Wiener and National Gallery of Australia Will Return Buddha to India— Chasing Aphrodite (@ChasingAphrodit) March 5, 2015 The National Gallery of Australia will be returning one of its statues to Australia. Show More Summary

A Manifesto for Heritage in the UK

The Heritage Alliance has produced a manifesto in case some of the political parties need some ideas relating to heritage.The text can be found here.

Heritage on the Agenda for the Election

closing answers from @edvaizey @jbonham_carter @ChrisBryantMP @Ben_CowellNT #heritageday— David Gill (@davidwjgill) December 4, 2014 It is important to remember that three political parties (Conservative, LibDem, Labour) were represented on the pre-election 'hustings' at the December 2014 AGM for the Heritage Alliance. Show More Summary

The destruction in Mosul

Christopher Jones has posted two very helpful posts on the destruction in Mosul: Assessing the Damage at the Mosul Museum, Part 1: The Assyrian Artifacts Assessing the Damage at the Mosul Museum, Part 2: The Sculptures from Hatra

Tomb fragment from Paestum returned to Italy.

Paestum FragmentSource: ICE Italian authorities have returned a tomb painting apparently removed from Paestum. The statement from ICS gives a little detail:In 2009, HSI New York special agents received information indicating that a New York-based antiquity collector allegedly dealt in the sale of illicit cultural property. Show More Summary

The Horiuchi sarcophagus returns to Italy

The Horiuchi Sarcophagus The US authorities have returned the Horiuchi Sarcophagus to Italy [press release].HSI New York returned six objects Wednesday including “sleeping beauty,” an ancient Roman marble sarcophagus lid of Sleeping Ariadne, which was smuggled out of Italy. Show More Summary

Walter M. Banko Enterprises Ltd. and the returns to Italy

Source: ICE The US authorities have returned a number of items to Italy. They include objects handled by Walter M. Banko Enterprises Ltd.In July 2011, Walter M. Banko Enterprises Ltd., attempted to import four pieces of antique Greek pottery through the point of entry at Rouses Point, N.Y. Show More Summary

Pompeii fragments returned to Italy

The objects returned to Italy, 2015Source: ICE The US authorities have returned a number of objects to Italy ("19 cultural treasures returned to the government of Italy", 25 February 2015). They include a seizure from the Alan E. Paulson...Show More Summary

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

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