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Head of Hades to be Returned to Sicily

January 15, 2013


The Getty museum has recently announced that it has decided to voluntarily return a terracotta head to the Museo Archeologico in Aidone, Sicily. Researchers at the Getty believe that the head, which they suspect is a depiction of the Greek god Hades, was “clandestinely excavated” from Sicily over forty years ago. According to Getty records, […]

Greek Archaeologists Rebury Remains to Protect Them

March 14, 2012


Archaeologists are better known for unearthing archaeological artifacts, but in Greece, they are actually burying them. Due to the current economic crisis in Greece, funding has been cut for many excavation projects. In an effort to preserve partially-excavated archaeological remains, professionals are reburying their discoveries. Michalis Tiverios, a professor archaeology at Thessaloniki’s Aristotelio University, explained, […]

Shortage of Museum Guards in Greece Results in Another Theft

February 23, 2012


Armed robbers broke into the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity last Friday, stealing more than 60 items by breaking the glass of the display cabinets. The men entered the building and demanded that a female employee retrieve numerous objects. After the employee refused to retrieve the objects, she was tied […]

On Sale Today: The Parthenon!

January 20, 2012


Want some nice wedding photos? Why not spring the $2,000 to rent the Acropolis? In their fight against national debt, Greece has elected to offer some of its most acclaimed archaeological sites for rent to advertising firms and demonstrators. Greece’s cultural ministry says the move is a logical way to facilitate access to the country’s […]

European Commission Renews Efforts to Protect Cultural Artifacts

December 2, 2011


The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, is renewing its efforts to keep track and prevent the loss of cultural artifacts. It announced on November 29 that there will be a consultation relating to a new idea of how to prevent the illicit trafficking of cultural items being removed from member-states. Other […]

The Exercise of “Professional Judgment” in the Acquisition of Antiquities Without Provenance

April 6, 2011


What are buyers required to do before purchasing an ancient object?  Just what is “due diligence” anyway? In a Huffington Post article on the controversy surrounding the Cleveland Museum’s 2004 purchase of a sculpture of Apollo (the “Lizard-Slayer” sculpture), attributed to Praxiteles, NY-based lawyer William Pearlstein, explains: Whatever due diligence is, it’s not easy. “There […]

The Elgin Marbles, the Bust of Nefertiti, the Euphronios Krater, and the Rosetta Stone: Who Owns What?

May 11, 2010


As I typed in my rather unimaginative title to this post (I’m exhausted from traveling today, and its the best I could do), I thought about how I’d like to see that dogs playing poker painting redone to have all of these items in it.  You know, playing poker. The New York Times recently printed […]

Cuno and Gerstenblith Face Off on Antiquities Ownership Issues

March 22, 2010


You might be thinking that I’ve got a bit of a crush on James Cuno, since this is the third audio I’ve provided in just a couple of weeks where he’s featured.  But I assure you it speaks more to how much he talks than to my personal opinion about what he’s saying. I’ve said […]

Italy returns missing foot to Greece.

September 25, 2008


Greece is delighted with Italy’s return of a Parthenon sculpture fragment featuring the foot of the goddess Artemis.  It is hoped that this gesture will strengthen Greece’s long-standing request for the British Museum to return the Elgin Marbles. The Brits have thus far responded, “Hell, no.” The “Palermo fragment” was originally part of the collection […]


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