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

October 22, 2013

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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 […]

Nineteen Arrested After Break-ins Targeting Chinese Artifacts

October 16, 2013

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In dawn raids, police arrested 19 people that they believe were involved in thefts and attempted thefts of various Chinese artifacts from museums and an auction house. The thefts occurred across a four-month span in 2012. Among the institutions targeted were the Durham University Oriental Museum, Gorringes Auction House, Norwich Castle Museum, and Fitzwilliam Museum. […]

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Obama Urged to Protect Syrian Cultural Heritage

October 9, 2013

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As the possibility of a military strike against Syria becomes more real, cultural heritage organizations worldwide are appealing to President Obama to take steps that will ensure that Syria’s cultural heritage is protected. Prominent groups, including the United States Committee of the Blue Shield, have asked that Obama issue an executive order which would require […]

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Suspect Admits Egyptian Antiquities Had False Provenance

October 2, 2013

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London man Niel Kingsbury has recently plead guilty to charges stemming from his falsification of the provenance of certain Egyptian antiquities. The charges arose after Kingsbury consigned the antiquities to auction houses Bonhams and Christie’s, explaining that he had inherited the objects from his uncle who served in Egypt during World War II. A curator […]

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

September 26, 2013

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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 […]

Golden Treasure Discovered in Jerusalem

September 25, 2013

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Barely several centimeters below modern debris, Dr. Eilat Mazer made made what he referred to as a “once in a lifetime” discovery. Mazer unearthed a hoard of gold and silver treasure, which included gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion engraved with the menorah symbol. The fascinating discovery was made during a […]

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

September 24, 2013

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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, […]

EU Strengthens Efforts to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Cyprus

September 18, 2013

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The European Union has recently strengthened its efforts to preserve Cyprus’ cultural heritage. The renewed efforts include a large monetary contribution that will help support the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural heritage. Pleased with the announcement, Commissioner Vassiliou stated, “Cyprus is an island with an incomparable wealth of cultural heritage, but many sites have unfortunately […]

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

September 17, 2013

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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, […]

National Committees Seek to Strengthen Humanitarian Law

September 11, 2013

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (“ICRC”) recently inaugurated its second conference of national committees in San Jose, Costa Rica. The purpose of the committee is to implement the international humanitarian law of the Americas. As ICRC legal advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean Patrick Zahnd explains, “The conference is a unique forum […]

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