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An Update on Turkey’s Cultural War

January 30, 2013


Turkey is currently seeking the return of thousands of antiquities which they believe are rightfully theirs. In this pursuit, Turkish officials are using every weapon in their arsenal and inciting what they have referred to as a “cultural war.” Turkish officials have not only threatened to halt their practice of lending archeological treasures to museums […]

Turkey Ups Ante in Repatriation Efforts

September 6, 2012


Turkey’s Ministry of Culture has started applying pressure to major museums to return what they say are looted antiquities from Ankara. They are refusing to lend artifacts to these U.S. and U.K. museums, pending repatriation of the Ankara artifacts. The British Museum is feeling the heat, as Turkey has refused to send 35 artifacts for […]

Archaeological Destruction in the Name of Entertainment

March 30, 2012


Workers filming the TV series, “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (Magnificent Century) purportedly damaged the Yarımburgaz cave in Turkey and are potentially facing up to five years in prison. The Yarımburgaz cave is the oldest evidence of human occupation in Turkey, dates to 15,000 BP, and is a first-degree archaeological site in the Turkish system.  Two archaeologists, Yiğit […]

Cultural Property Law on January 22, 2011: Mosquito Bombers, the Golden Horn, and (Not?) Caligula’s Tomb

January 22, 2011


I’ve been down the rabbit hole for the past couple weeks, preparing for the Spring semester and recovering from the holidays, but here are a few recent happenings on the cultural property law front: Last week, Italian police arrested a looter loading an ancient statue into his truck.  The arrest led to the discovery of […]

Istanbul’s Cultural Property in Danger of Destruction

June 28, 2010


The Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review reports that UNESCO might not just remove Istanbul from the World Heritage List, but may also it straight to the List of World Heritage in Danger. “UNESCO officials were shocked when they saw that so many buildings under protection were either damaged or gone,” architect Korhan Gümüş, the […]