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Russia Increases Fine for Destruction of Cultural Monuments from $1,200 to $20 Million

July 18, 2013


Russia has introduced legislation to take effect next month that will increase the maximum penalty for destruction of or damage to cultural monuments to $20 million. This is a vast increase from the previous fine of $1,200 which was assessed to a 2011 purchaser of a 19th century Rosenburg Mansion, who demolished the monument to […]

Honduras to Enact Minimum Sentences for Cultural Heritage Crimes

February 4, 2013


Those who are convicted of committing crimes against cultural heritage in Honduras will soon be facing a mandatory sentencing scheme. The Honduran Congress is expected to establish mandatory sentences, which will be the first of their kind, in 2013. According to authorities, there have been 304 cases of cultural property theft in Honduras from 2001 […]

European Union Cracks Down on Syrian Art Buyers

July 23, 2012


Amidst continuing violence against anti-government protestors, Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and wife Asma have managed to maintain their lavish lifestyle.  Asma purchased thousands of dollars worth of designer goods online in 2011, and has attempted to purchase £5,000 to £10,500 worth of artwork from a London-based dealer.  In what appears to be a symbolic measure […]

Alabama Considers “Finders Keepers” Law for Underwater Treasures

January 23, 2012


Republican Senator Cam Ward has introduced a bill to amend the Alabama Cultural Resources Act, a law that requires underwater treasure hunters to obtain permits from the Historical Commission before exploring shipwrecks and relics. The amendment would allow permitted explorers to keep whatever treasures they find while searching state waters. While Alabama divers support the […]

Transportation Enhancements Program on the Chopping Block

November 11, 2011


Congress is currently scrambling to modify the law before the Transportation Enhancements program expires in the spring.  The existing law requires states use 10% of federal transport funds on enhancement projects such as walking and biking projects, rehabilitating historic sites, and archaeological planning and research.  Archaeology only receives only 1% of those funds, yet the […]

Hungarian Parliament Considers Restricting Phase 1 Surveys

October 31, 2011


Archaeologists are incensed over a law proposed to the Hungarian Parliament that would restrict the amount of time and money allotted for archaeological surveys.  The law would cap Phase 1 surveys for large scale developments, such as highway construction, at 30 days. Phase 1 surveys typically consist of pedestrian surveys, topographic mapping, shovel testing, and […]


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