Browsing All Posts filed under »Development«

Mayan Pyramid Bulldozed to Extract Crushed Rock

May 15, 2013


New York Daily News reports: A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected […]

Plans to ‘Invest’ in Ancient Sites Angers Palestinians

January 31, 2013


Israel is forging ahead with plans to invest in a number of its national heritage sites, including nine sites along the West Bank. The plans, including that of adding a handicapped accessible entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, have elicited a an angry response from Palestinians. When Israeli officials initially announced that they would […]

University of Pennsylvania Returns Looted Trojan Antiquities to Turkey

September 13, 2012


The University of Pennsylvania recently announced that it has lent 24 items of Trojan-style gold jewelry to Turkey for an indefinite period. The announcement came on the heels of scientific research that suggested the jewelry was looted from northwestern Turkey. In return for the “loan,” the Turkish government has pledged to lend other artifacts to […]

How to Become an Art Lawyer: Guest Post by Leila Amineddoleh

May 1, 2012


So many law students and lawyers have contacted me in the last few years asking how to break into the field of art law that I knew I had to come up with a good response. The truth is, I’m far more of a cultural property law aficionado than an art lawyer! So I solicited […]

Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains in the Virgin Islands – Redux

October 1, 2010


Back in May, I told you about my article, “Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Public Property in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” which was published in the Virgin Islands Bar Journal. It was the first in a two-part series on legislation pertaining to heritage sites in the USVI. Behold my ability to follow through! I […]

Conservationists Struggle to Save Hollywood Sign

February 18, 2010


The Hollywood sign is threatened — and this time not by vandals or hippies.  Developers have purchased the land on which the sign rests and want to build big, fancy houses.   A local city councilman, Tom LaBonge, and the Trust for Public Land, are struggling to raise the $12.5 million they’d need to exercise an […]

UNESCO Officials Enjoy Mini-Break in Edinburgh.

November 18, 2008


UNESCO officials spent the better part of last week in Edinburgh investigating concerns over major development in the city. The city’s World Heritage Status, held since 1995, has been threatened by recently proposed developments. (See earlier post To Develop or Not to Develop? That is the question in Edinburgh) Officials seemed under-impressed by the cries […]


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