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Russia Lists Historic Mansions for Public Auction

January 22, 2013


There are currently 150,000 architectural monuments in Russia. According to Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, a majority of them are in a “horrific condition.” In order to save these properties from ruin, Medinsky has implemented a plan to auction off the estates and mansions to private citizens who can properly care for and restore them. […]

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, […]

Smuggled Tyrannosaurus Skeleton at Auction

January 2, 2013


Described as “a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton” that “ruled the food chain of the ancient food plains that are today’s Gobi Desert,” an Asian dinosaur skeleton recently sold for over $1 million at Heritage Actions last May. Now, The New York Times reports that the man who shipped the skeleton into the United States has admitted […]

Is Legendary Antiquities Expert Douglas Latchford a Fraud?

December 19, 2012


81-year-old British art collector Douglas A.J. Latchford, known as one of the world’s greatest Khmer antiquities experts, has spent 55 years building his collection of Cambodian treasures. Not only is he known for building an impressive collection, but Latchford has also been recognized for generously returning of some of his treasures to Cambodia. A recent […]

Turkey Employs Human Rights Law in Assault on British Museum

December 12, 2012


In January, Turkey will be turning to human rights law in a novel claim to repatriate sculptures currently housed in the British Museum. The lawsuit could use human rights legislation that has previously been used to overturn the convictions of terrorists to wrest contested treasures from the grips of museums. The sculptures at issue, which […]

The UK’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)

December 5, 2012


When items are discovered in England and Whales, the State has no claim to them unless they are classified as treasure. The Portable Antiquities Scheme (“PAS”) was therefore introduced fifteen years ago as a method for the public to voluntarily record objects found in the ground. Through the PAS, archaeologists are able to collect information […]

Artifacts From Greek Heist Recovered, But Greek Museums Still in Danger

November 28, 2012


In a mid-February armed robbery, two masked men stole 76 artifacts from the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games. The men bound and gagged a female museum guard, smashed their way through display cabinets, and fled with artifacts of incalculable value. On Saturday, Greek police report that they have successfully recovered all 76 […]

Multi-Decade Smuggling Operation Exposed

November 14, 2012


In 2007, Indian authorities detained a consignment en route to the United States. The authorities stopped the consignment and found millions of dollars worth of Chola period idols. The authorities quickly determined that a first consignment had already been shipped to the United States. They informed United States officials, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

Mummified Toddler Returned to Peru

November 8, 2012


On Tuesday, authorities in Peru recovered a nearly 700 year old mummified toddler from Bolivian culture minister, Pablo Groux. According to a recent article, Bolivian police seized the toddler nearly two years earlier from antiquities traffickers who were attempting to ship it to Compiegne, France. Standing at only one foot tall, the mummy has become […]

Ancient Roman Artifact Seized

October 24, 2012


On Thursday, Italian Military police officers announced the recovery of the head of an ancient terra-cotta Roman statue. According to a recent article in The New York Times, the statue itself dates back to over 2,000 years ago, and is believed to have been plundered from Italian soil. Authorities confiscated the head from a 62-year-old […]


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