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Pics of the Lovely Monte Albán (Oaxaca, Mexico)

February 5, 2014

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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 […]

Mayan Pyramid Bulldozed to Extract Crushed Rock

May 15, 2013

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New York Daily News reports: A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected […]

US Customs Seizes Illicitly Exported Mexican Idol

August 1, 2011

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US Customs and Border Patrol seized an illicitly exported Pre-Columbian Nayarit artifact as it was being shipped from Indiana to British Columbia.  NWI explained: Investigators learned the 4-inch, orange figurine of a woman was found to have sold for $550 at an auction and was en route from Indiana to the buyer in British Columbia, […]

Mexico Court Vindicates Frida Kahlo Trove

June 10, 2011

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The trove of Frida Kahlo works revealed in 2009 may finally go up on exhibition. A court has considered whether art dealers and scholars were correct when they alleged the trove was inauthentic. The article explains: The court did not rule on the collection’s authenticity, saying only that the bank and the trust had failed […]

Do Tourists Receive a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card to Smuggle Illicit Antiquities?

November 24, 2010

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I was just in San Fran for an ARCA panel presentation, so I thought this post timely.  The Bay City News reports: A gathering is planned in San Francisco today to celebrate the repatriation of a pre-Columbian figurine seized from a passenger at Oakland International Airport earlier this year. The 2.5-inch figurine was confiscated on […]

What is Cultural Property Law?

November 16, 2010

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You’d think in two years of maintaining this blog, I would have addressed this question before.  But, no.   So I now have this very exciting opportunity to tell readers and webernauts about what I think is the most fascinating area of the law… What is cultural property law? Cultural property law is the body […]