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Federal Court Orders Treasure Hunters Return Coin Trove to Spain

February 20, 2012


On Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo gave Odyssey Marine Exploration, a deep sea treasure recovery company, just one week to return 17 tons of treasure from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes shipwreck to Spain. The coins and artifacts have been at an undisclosed storage facility in Florida since 2007, and Odyssey has been […]

UNESCO Pressures Georgia to Revise Restoration Plans on Medieval Cathedral

January 11, 2012


UNESCO has placed the 11th century Bagrati cathedral in Georgia on the World Heritage in Danger List, but it’s due to its restoration rather that its deterioration. During a 17th century Ottoman invasion, the cathedral and its elegance were severely damaged, and the building has continued to weather, unused. Under pressure from the Orthodox Church, […]

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 […]

Who’s On First? The Communication Gap in the Transparency Discussion

June 10, 2010


Earlier this week I posted some comments from Attorney William Pearlstein in reference to Italy’s refusal to release the photographs seized from illicit antiquities trader Giacomo Medici (see “Is Italy ‘Asking For It’ By Refusing to Release the Medici Photographs?“).  Pearlstein argues that Italy should release the photographs so that collectors can perform due diligence […]

The Elgin Marbles, the Bust of Nefertiti, the Euphronios Krater, and the Rosetta Stone: Who Owns What?

May 11, 2010


As I typed in my rather unimaginative title to this post (I’m exhausted from traveling today, and its the best I could do), I thought about how I’d like to see that dogs playing poker painting redone to have all of these items in it.  You know, playing poker. The New York Times recently printed […]

Scientists Ponder Legal Challenges to the New NAGPRA Provision

April 14, 2010


I’ve reported on the new provision of NAGPRA, currently in the comment phase, here, here, and here.  A new article in Indian Country states that scientists are pondering filing  “a lawsuit against a new [NAGPRA] rule”.  That’s kind of like me sitting around pondering the nature of electron tunneling (which I do). In this long […]

Gerstenblith Writes on Western Recognition of National Patrimony Laws

March 8, 2010


Patty Gerstenblith, knower of all things knowable in cultural property law and professor at DePaul University College of Law, has published an academic paper titled, “Schultz and Barakat: Universal Recognition of National Ownership of Antiquities,” in the Art Antiquity and Law journal.  The article focuses on the Schultz and Barakat cases, parallel decisions where U.S. […]