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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 […]

Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter: Winter 2012

March 7, 2012


The ABA Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee has published it’s Winter 2012 newsletter, featuring: The Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme in England and Wales by Roger Bland of the British Museum; Common Law, Statutory Law, and the Disposition of Archaeological Resources in the U.S. by Patty Gerstenblith of DePaul; and Legislation & Persuasion […]

United States Cuts off Funding to UNESCO

November 28, 2011


Longstanding American legislation took effect last month cutting off funding to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization when the latter voted to give full membership to the Palestinians. The legislation provided for immediate cessation of financial aid to any organization that approved Palestine as a full member.  The US provides 22% of the […]

Ancient Coin Import Restriction Test Case Dismissed

August 11, 2011


A Maryland federal judge dismissed the ACCG’s test case challenging federal import restrictions as to ancient coins.  In February, 2010, I explained: The ACCG complains that it had 23 coins seized from it by customs upon entering into the States from the UK, where the coins had been purchased, sans documentation of provenance.  The argument […]

Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains in the Virgin Islands – Redux

October 1, 2010


Back in May, I told you about my article, “Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Public Property in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” which was published in the Virgin Islands Bar Journal. It was the first in a two-part series on legislation pertaining to heritage sites in the USVI. Behold my ability to follow through! I […]

Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains in the U.S. Virgin Islands

May 13, 2010


The Spring 2010 issue of the Virgin Islands Bar Journal was kind enough to print an article of mine titled, “Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Public Property in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”  This article is an overview of the body of law pertaining to archaeological artifacts and historic remains in the U.S. Virgin Islands, […]

Fancy That, We’ve Got Alternative Energy!

April 30, 2010


Taking a cue from, well, the rest of the world, the Department of State has approved the U.S.’s very first off shore wind farm. But it hasn’t occurred without controversy, which CPAL has reported on here, here, and here, because of the indigenous rights affected.  The New York Times reports: Friends and foes have squared […]

UPDATE: Kennewick Man to Return Home?

April 8, 2010


After my post the other day about the update to NAGPRA providing for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable remains, I received a message from a reader indicating his position that the Kennewick Man would not be affected by the changes in legislation because the Ninth Circuit held he was not Native American.  Really? Yes, really.  […]

The Nitty Gritty of NAGPRA’s New Rule on Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains

April 3, 2010


The other day here on CPAL I mentioned the new rule announced by the Department of the Interior to allow Native American remains which are culturally unidentifiable to be returned to a modern tribe, when those remains are stored in museums or Federal agencies.  As of that point, I had not seen the actual rule, […]

Kennewick Man to Return Home?

March 30, 2010


The Department of the Interior has announced that they will turn over Indian remains and artifacts currently in the possession of federal museums, even when the tribal origin of those remains has not been identified.  Those remains will be returned to the tribe that has a “proven presence on the land” where the remains were […]