Coins, contexts and collecting

Fleur KemmersCommentary, Review1 Comment

I recently read Nathan Elkins’ paper “Why Coins Matter: Trafficking in Undocumented and Illegally Exported Ancient Coins” and have been following the discussion it evoked on several websites and blogs ever since. As an archaeologist and numismatist, involved in research and teaching at a Dutch university, with no affiliations either to any coin collectors organization nor any lobby group in … Read More

Blogging on SAFECORNER

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Thank you very much for visiting and participating in our forum, we appreciate your posts, comments and responses. Our goal is to bring these issues and age-old debates into the public domain, so that we can all become aware of the damaging effects of looting and the black market trade of antiquities. And most of all, take part in the … Read More

Diolkos Petition

Leah BevingtonAlert2 Comments

An ancient monument in Greece called the Diolkos is being worn away by erosion, industry and neglect. The Diolkos was the ancient pathway used by ships to travel overland on the Isthmus of Corinth, thus reaching Athens more quickly and avoiding the dangerous Peloponnese peninsula. The route was in use for hundreds of years and represents a unique engineering feat. … Read More

Coins, ethics and scheduled monuments

David GillCommentary2 Comments

Nathan Elkins has raised some important issues in “Codes of Ethics vs. the Financial Interest“. It has drawn my attention to the code of ethics published by the ACCG. Appended to the rather brief list is this statement: “The ACCG Board of Directors also agreed that the standards of conduct of museum professionals and archaeologists ought to include certain issues … Read More

Codes of Ethics vs. the Financial Interest

Nathan ElkinsCommentary1 Comment

It is curious that some groups of antiquities dealers have adopted “Codes of Ethics,” which do not seem to be rigorously enforced or acknowledged in practice. One group of ancient coin dealers that claims to advocate for cultural preservation, while opposing any legislative efforts designed to curb looting and the trade in illicit antiquities that also affect the unregulated trade … Read More

Yale to Return Machu Picchu Artifacts to Peru

Sarah PickmanCommentary1 Comment

Here’s the BBC’s coverage of the major repatriation effort between Yale University and Peru: the return of thousands of artifacts taken from the site of Machu Picchu by Yale professor Hiram Bingham nearly a century ago. I believe this a truly momentous event in the world of cultural heritage repatriation, for it involves both one of the most prestigious academic … Read More

The Rape of Europa: A Continuing Saga

SAFECORNERReview1 Comment

Pillage and destruction of cultural property has always been a by-product of armed conflict. Yet no military power in history has equaled the Third Reich in its ability to use culture not merely as a trophy of war, but as a weapon of war: a means to dominate, demoralize and control the nations that it sought to conquer by stripping … Read More

Can Cultural Property Legislation Kill an Academic Discipline?

Nathan ElkinsArticle, Commentary2 Comments

To those of us who advocate for cultural property protection, it is impossible to think that such efforts would have anything but positive effects on the preservation of information and cultural heritage. However, one lobby, the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG), opposes such protective measures as they relate to the uncontrolled trade in ancient coins and assert that if cultural … Read More

Pre-Columbian “art” and Christie’s

David GillCommentary2 Comments

Roland Lloyd Parry has reported today (September 6, 2007) in The Art Newspaper that “Christie’s axes pre-Columbian sales”. He quotes Christie’s spokeswoman Sara Fox, “Our decision was made out of pure business considerations, not as a reaction to lobbying by foreign governments”. In spite of the announcement the Christie’s website continues to announce: “Previously regularly held in Paris, Pre-Columbian Art … Read More

Heritage Watch Petition

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Heritage Watch is an organization committed to preserving Cambodia’s cultural heritage in the face of wide scale looting and damage to archaeological sites and monuments. Founded in 2003, the organization has a number of projects ranging from education, responsible tourism and advocacy. They are currently seeking signatures for an online petition to convince the governments of Singapore and Thailand to … Read More