“Why is it even showing them?” Roger Atwood on the Bourne collection’s fakes and undocumented objects

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What do fakes have to do with the problem of looting? Fakes and unprovenanced, authentic antiquities often turn up together in collections because neither was found through the transparent process of archaeological excavation. They flock together.  Collectors might think their connoisseurship protects them from fakes, but they get hoodwinked all the time. This is not a sign of denseness or gullibility, … Read More

UPDATE: $500 million worth of shipwreck loot remains property of Spain, court rules…again

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Coins found by the Odyssey Marine exploration from the "Black Swan"

Odyssey Marine Exploration’s appeal of the court’s ruling that the 17 tons of silver and gold the salvage company dug up from the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes (known as “Black Swan”) was rejected by the court, reaffirming a ruling earlier this year that the Black Swan treasure is Spain’s “natural, legal patrimony.” Details of the case, … Read More

Will new research lead to repatriation of mosaics to Turkey?

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Roman mosaic piece currently owned and displayed at the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio

Turkey’s latest repatriation request called for the return of a dozen Roman mosaics currently owned and displayed at the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. The university acquired the mosaics—which depict birds, human faces and other subjects in intricate detail—in 1965 from a New York dealer for $35,000. BGSU believed the mosaics had … Read More