How the Illegal Trade of Afghan Antiquities is Funding Terrorism

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Spotlight, a weekly presentation of investigative reports from around the world for Link Tv, reported recently on the European art trade. The selling of stolen or smuggled art in Europe has been a problem for as long as the trade has existed. However, the looting of archaeological sites in Afghanistan has now become a major concern. Spotlight reports that the … Read More

2010 CHAPS Conference

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On April 10th, the program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) at Rutgers University will be holding an all-day conference, Cultural Heritage Now: Prospects, Directions, Futures | A Public Conversation. The conference will focus on the current state of cultural heritage studies and practice, bringing together academics, museums, funding-agencies and non-profit organizations for discussions about the future of this … Read More

More False Claims about Lobbying on Antiquities Issues

Nathan ElkinsCommentary1 Comment

David Gill has recently addressed claims made by Peter Tompa that appear to have little basis in fact. Tompa is a lobbyist who represents commercial trade interests. He has alleged that the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) “was involved in behind-the-scenes lobbying on behalf of the Cypriot Department of Antiquities, the Cypriot government body that issues excavation permits that … Read More

Old collections: a convenient myth?

Paul BarfordCommentary4 Comments

Dealers in unprovenanced archaeological material frequently evoke the argument that a lot of the material on the market today comes from the dismantling of old collections; collecting of archaeological artefacts has been going on, they say, since the Renaissance. In debate they can even show examples of such long-curated finds. Dealers assure buyers that this means that there are a … Read More

ICOM’s “Red List of Cambodian Antiquities At Risk” – A New Weapon in the Fight?

Damien HufferAnnouncement, CommentaryLeave a Comment

Recently, the I.C.O.M. (International Council of Museums) brought together archaeologists from academic, outreach, and museum contexts (specifically, the E.F.E.O. (Ecole Francaise D’Extreme Orient), Heritage Watch, and the National Museum of Cambodia) to create a new edition to the “Red List” series. They seek to provide up-to-date information to all relevant legal and investigatory authorities slated with the task of curtailing … Read More

Field Report: Vietnam – Another Source Country?

Damien HufferCommentary, From the field, Report1 Comment

As followers of the antiquities trade in general will be well aware, the illicit looting, smuggling, and display of artifacts from prehistoric and historic sites truly remain a global problem. Yet, the on-the-ground situation in certain regions, such as Mainland Southeast Asia, remains under-reported. Although UNESCO conventions, better monitoring and conservation, and increased calls for repatriation by Southeast Asian countries … Read More

The Penn Museum & Robert Hecht Jr.

Leo McNameeCommentary, What do you think?Leave a Comment

Tom Avril, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports this month on 24 pieces of gold from the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The items in question, including ear rings, neck laces and brooches, were purchased over 40 years ago by the museum from a Philadelphia antiquities dealer; they were not accompanied by any documentation of their origin and … Read More

SAFE’s Flickr Project

Megan GannonAnnouncement, SAFECORNER3 Comments

On January 12, 2010 Haiti was changed forever by a devastating earthquake that took the lives of thousands and left a huge portion of the country in ruins. SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone recognizes that in times of mass destruction, human lives must always be first priority. At the same time, Haiti stands to lose its heritage, which has been a … Read More