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Pics of the Lovely Monte Albán (Oaxaca, Mexico)

February 5, 2014


On a recent trip to Mexico, I had the good fortune of visiting Monte Albán, a large pre-Columbian archaeological site near Oaxaca central. Monte Albán was founded in the 5th century BC, and was a pre-eminent Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. Here are a few pictures that I took, although […]

An ad-hoc International Art Crime Tribunal to resolve the fate of the Munich Gurlitt pictures?

November 21, 2013


My friend and associate Judge Arthur Tompkins of New Zealand sent me the following open letter which he has written in regard to the trove of art recovered from a Munich resident, reported on in Archaeolaw here: 80-Year-Old Munich Man with Confiscated Trove of Nazi-Looted Art Breaks Silence   Open Letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel: […]

80-Year-Old Munich Man with Confiscated Trove of Nazi-Looted Art Breaks Silence

November 20, 2013


An 80-year-old Munich man inherited upwards of a thousand pieces of artwork from his father, and 500 of the works are suspected to include pieces taken from Jews during the Nazi regime. During the war, Cornelius Gurlitt’s father was one of the four major art dealers for Hitler himself. The German government confiscated the trove […]

Hit ‘Em Where it Hurts: Trend of Increased Penalties for Antiquities Smuggling Continues

November 13, 2013


Azerbaijan has increased their protection of cultural property by way of increased penalties for illegal exporting of protected cultural materials. Azernews explains: According to the changes, illegal export of Azerbaijani cultural heritage samples included in the list of cultural values will be punishable by a fine worth 1,500 manats for individuals, 3,000 manats for officials […]

Nicholas Cage on the Hot Seat for Smuggled T-Rex Fossil?

November 6, 2013


In 2007, Nicholas Cage outbid fellow actor Leonardo Dicaprio for a 67-million-year-old skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a close relative of the T. rex, paying $US276,000 for what he called “a ferocious-looking addition to his fossil collection.” Now, this fossil may be one of those that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aims to seize as […]

Costa Rican Archaeologist with Dodgy History Acquitted of Smuggling

October 24, 2013


Costa Rican citizen and Munich resident Leonard Patterson has been acquitted of charges of attempting to smuggle 1,400 pieces of pre-Columbian art from Spain to Germany. The Latin-American Herald Tribune report is reproduced below, although the Spanish website El Universal has a much more detailed (and interesting) version of the story. Of particular interest are […]

Cultural Property Protection and the U.S. Military: A View From an Army Archaeologist

October 22, 2013


Please see the following notice from DePaul regarding a program that will be happening… tomorrow!! If you are in the Chicago area, it sounds like it’d be worth checking out. Sorry for the late notice, but we are very fortunate to have Dr. Laurie Rush as a guest speaker at DePaul College of Law this […]

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

September 26, 2013


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 […]

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

September 24, 2013


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, […]

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

September 17, 2013


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, […]