Reflecting on Seized Antiquities from 2009

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In 2009 three antiquities were seized from a single New York auction-house: one just prior to the sale, and two subsequent to it (after being sold for c. $120,000). The auction-house co-operated fully in 2009 and subsequently stated (over the later seizure) that “the transparency of the public auction system combined with the efforts from the U.S. ICE and foreign … Read More

Vanishing rupees for museums, yet another side of war and heritage

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After last week’s International Museum Day, I happened to see an article on the need for expanded media attention to promote museums in Pakistan (seen at These are not places that suffered dramatic looting and destruction such as the headline grabbing ransacking of the National Museum of Iraq in 2003. Instead, the article draws attention to an understated but … Read More

Speaking of partage….when’s the Met going to start digging?

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I had occasion to reread an article in The New York Times outlining the “Italian Agreement” and was reminded of something that surprised me at the time: part of the agreement includes the Met beginning excavations in Italy. From the NY Times, Feb. 22, 2006 (Arts section, “Italy and U.S. Sign Antiquities Accord”): The agreement also allows the Met to conduct authorized … Read More

Talking about “partage”

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The May 21st Looting Matters post refers to a Leon Levy Foundation “early February 2010” gathering of “distinguished archaeologists, museum directors, and curators from around the world” on “how best to make available the trove of unpublished information from important ancient world sites excavated under “partage” agreements.” “Partage” is the system “through which western universities and museums worked in concert … Read More

Kwame Opoku reflects on Cairo Conference on cultural heritage

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We thank Dr. Opoku and the Museum Secruity Network for making these insightful REFLECTIONS ON THE CAIRO CONFERENCE ON RESTITUTION: ENCOURAGING BEGINNING available to us. The article contains very useful notes and references as well. The April 7-8 Cairo Conference hosted by Zahi Hawass and Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities can be viewed on New Tang Dynasty Television. David Gill … Read More