2009 SAFE Beacon Award Recipient Prof. Colin Renfrew: “I’m much in favour of collecting…”

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“…so long as it doesn’t involve objects recently taken from the ground. In my opinion all too many collections are scandalous for this very reason. I don’t mind so much people buying antiquities looted a century ago, but not if the items in question entered the market post-1970 when the convention on the illegal trade in antiquities was signed.” Professor … Read More

U.S. Department of Homeland Security to look into “Ka-Nefer-Nefer” mask case

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The AP article “St. Louis museum proud of its ancient mask purchase, but Egypt calls it a steal” reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now looking into the case of the “Ka-Nefer-Nefer” mask, which many people believe to have been stolen from Egypt. The article recounts the meticulously documented discovery of the mask by Mohammed Zakaria Ghoneim, … Read More

Heritage@Risk seeks articles

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We thought the following announcement posted on SAFE’s Facebook page would be of interest to some of our readers. Thanks, Marni, for bringing this to our attention: The ICOMOS international committee on archaeological heritage management is seeking short articles for an upcoming issue of ICOMOS’s “Heritage at Risk” series. They are looking for contributions that discuss the impact of the … Read More

CAA 2009: CALL for Papers and Posters (Deadline: Dec. 19, 2008)

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Professor Bernard Frischer, director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, and a long-time SAFE supporter, has asked us to spread the word about the December 19th deadline for paper and poster abstracts for presentation at the 37th annual international conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) to be held … Read More

Cleveland Museum of Art: Returns Announced

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The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today that it would be returning 14 items to Italy. Many of the items were from Apulia, Campania, Sicily, Etruria and Sardinia. One of the more important pieces was an Apulian volute-krater attributed to the Darius painter. Image MiBAC.

New books: “Loot” and “Unholy Business” reviewed

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In the November 16 edition of the Washington Post, author of “Stealing History” and SAFE Beacon Award Winner Roger Atwood reviews two new books about stolen ancient artifacts and their journeys to museums around the world. “Loot” has also been reviewed by journalist Hugh Eakin, Karl Meyer (“The Plundered Past”) Other reviews of “Unholy Business” have been written by Johathan … Read More

Easter Island project receives major grant for site preservation

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According to a news release issued by Larry Coben, co-chair of The Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Task Force: The Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Task Force (“AIA”) announced today that it had awarded a $94,000 grant for the preservation and conservation of Easter Island’s famous megalithic moai statues. The AIA gave the grant to the Easter Island … Read More

Loot versus Looting: Time to Address the Primary Policy Challenge

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The always astute Hugh Eakin concludes his review of Sharon Waxman’s newly released Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World, by noting that restitution is a sideshow that distracts from the real and pressing issue, which is the looting of archaeological sites: The larger problem is Waxman’s portrayal of the antiquities crisis as mainly a “tug … Read More

Interpol’s 7th International Symposium on the Theft of and Illicit Traffic in Works of Art, Cultural Property and Antiques

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According to the meeting minutes of the symposium which took place 17 – 19 June 2008 in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 187 member countries. The participants note “…a lack of awareness among the general public of the importance of cultural heritage and the need for it to be protected,” and recommend … Read More