Emergency “Red List” of Endangered Syrian Artifacts Released, Includes Sculptures, Coins

September 26, 2013

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ICOM (International Council of Museums) officials worked remotely to create a “Red List” of artifacts endangered by the current conflict in Syria. This Red List will be disseminated to law enforcement agencies, museums, and artifact dealers worldwide, in an attempt to prevent their illicit trade and/or destruction. The Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at […]

Golden Treasure Discovered in Jerusalem

September 25, 2013

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Barely several centimeters below modern debris, Dr. Eilat Mazer made made what he referred to as a “once in a lifetime” discovery. Mazer unearthed a hoard of gold and silver treasure, which included gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion engraved with the menorah symbol. The fascinating discovery was made during a […]

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Archaeologists Keep a 1,200-Year Secret Just a Little Longer

September 24, 2013

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Archaeologists were right to sit on their discovery of an ancient, intact Wari temple in Peru for fear that it would be looted. The Pacific Standard explained: Score one for the clever archaeologists and zero for the evil antiquities smugglers. A few weeks back, news broke that a joint Peruvian/Polish team had discovered an intact, […]

EU Strengthens Efforts to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Cyprus

September 18, 2013

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The European Union has recently strengthened its efforts to preserve Cyprus’ cultural heritage. The renewed efforts include a large monetary contribution that will help support the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural heritage. Pleased with the announcement, Commissioner Vassiliou stated, “Cyprus is an island with an incomparable wealth of cultural heritage, but many sites have unfortunately […]

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DePaul to Host Restitution & Repatriation Symposium in November 2013 with Featured Lecturer Jack Trope

September 17, 2013

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The conference, Restitution and Repatriation: The Return of Cultural Objects Symposium will be held at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago on Thursday, November 14, 2013. The program will address the underlying legal, ethical and moral reasons and policies behind the return of cultural objects. Panels will discuss provenance research, museum acquisitions, historical appropriations, […]

National Committees Seek to Strengthen Humanitarian Law

September 11, 2013

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (“ICRC”) recently inaugurated its second conference of national committees in San Jose, Costa Rica. The purpose of the committee is to implement the international humanitarian law of the Americas. As ICRC legal advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean Patrick Zahnd explains, “The conference is a unique forum […]

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Arrested Auctioneer Calls Accusations Absurd

September 4, 2013

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Munich auctioneer Herbert Schauer has recently been arrested over allegations of antique book theft in Naples. Authorities believe that the stolen books have since been sold in London, New York, Munich, Tokyo, and even Argentina. After the theft was linked to Munich auction house Zisska & Schauer, Schauer was extradited to Italy and arrested. The […]

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