Monica Hanna to receive 2014 SAFE Beacon Award

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The archaeologist Dr. Monica Hanna will be the next recipient of the SAFE Beacon Award for her exemplary efforts in shedding light on the looting situation in Egypt. Home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, Egypt has had a profound influence on the cultures of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. For centuries, Egyptian archaeological sites have been looted – most recently … Read More

Robert Hecht’s next step: publish his “memoir”?

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Now that the case against the 92-year old antiquities dealer Robert Hecht Jr. ended on the grounds that the statute of limitations has expired (Marion True’s case was similarly dismissed), will “the book about the antiquities underworld” that Hecht authored (see Peter Watson and Cecilia Todeschini, The Medici Conspiracy, pp. 160-179 which include excerpts from the manuscript) finally see the … Read More

The scale of the market

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In 2005 Arielle Kozloff suggested that the “annual sales of antiquities … amount to somewhere between $100 million and $200 million at this time” (in Kate Fitz Gibbon, Who Owns the Past?). Kozloff is in a position to know: “From 1997 to 2001 she was vice president of the Merrin Gallery, and she is now a private consultant to museums … Read More