Browsing All posts tagged under »archaeology«

“Stop chasing Ganesh. You’re just going to get more Wrath!”

January 7, 2009


Posts have been scant because I have been traveling. I am having a great trip, will soon be more stationary again, and will resume my usual pace of posting. In the meanwhile, I saw this article on a statue of Ganesh which is soon to be exhibited in the Portland Art Museum. I thought it […]

The Head of Amenhotep III is (ahem) Headed Home.

December 20, 2008


And here I thought that the innertube/Craigslist bank robber had won the Most Innovative Crime Award.* But upon reconsideration, I hereby grant the Award to Jonathan Tokeley-Parry, who smuggled the Head of Amenhotep III out of Egypt by making it look like a cheap forgery of itself.  Ingenious, really. The sculpture’s removal from Egypt in […]

Heritage in Iraq: Good news and bad news.

December 19, 2008


The Art Newspaper has published an article, “Unesco inspection finds no evidence of recent looting in Northern Iraq.”  Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  I always go with the good news. Good news: “The [UNESCO inspectors] visited four key sites—Nimrud, Ninevah, Ashur and Hatra—and found no evidence of recent looting… […]

Jewishness as a Shield of Immunity for Rosenthal

December 12, 2008


Sir Norman Rosenthal, former Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy, has published his thoughts on restitution in The Time Has Come For a Statute of Limitations at the Art Newspaper.  He argues that restitution should not be made to the descendents of art and cultural property owners.  His reasons are (1) to do so makes […]

The Motivations Behind Peru’s Suit Against Yale

December 9, 2008


The Peru filing against Yale follows their filing in the Black Swan case involving Spain and Odyssey Exploration. That case presents the unique issue of whether a former colonized indigenous peoples or their former colonial power should get the benefit of underwater heritage derived from the previously colonized nation.

Is lawful retention of colonially acquired artifacts on par with looting?

December 8, 2008


At least under the current legal framework, looting is unlawful. Retention of artifacts procured in times of imperialism is not.

Regulating Disclosure of Private v. Public Museums

December 4, 2008


A few days ago I commented in a CPAL post that I would support legislation requiring publicly funded museums to disclose provenance or lack thereof of the items in their collections. Archaeologist Paul Barford asked via comment why I would make a distinction between public museums and private ones? He pointed out that the harm […]

Heritage@Risk Seeks Articles and a Question of Ethics in Polling

December 2, 2008


How I wish I wasn’t swamped at the moment, but there’s a call for articles on Saving Antiquities on Everyone for the ICOMOS series. “[Heritage@Risk is] looking for contributions that discuss the impact of the illicit artifact trade on archaeological sites and other heritage places. These can be short reports from the field, alerts, etc. […]

Bookworm Plays Crucial Role in Map Theft Case.

November 22, 2008


Farhad Hakimzadeh, the 60-year-old Harvard educated businessman convicted of stealing pages from British Library books, has had his sentencing postponed until January 16, 2009. Over nearly a decade, the millionaire publisher and intellectual defaced books in the private reading room in the British and Bodleian Libraries. He would cut pages out with a razor, and […]

A Small Step Toward Synergy: Fincham’s PAS Article.

November 19, 2008


It took me a while, but I finally discovered the “download” button on SSRN.  I therefore had the opportunity to read Dr. Derek Fincham’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) article, “A Coordinated Legal and Policy Approach to Undiscovered Antiquities: Adapting the Cultural Heritage Policy of England and Wales to Other Nations of Origin,” from the International […]