The vote is in: We want international cooperation for cultural heritage protection

Heather LeeReport, Review, Update, What do you think?1 Comment

  On May 29, SAFE opened up an informal poll to gauge public opinion on the issue of international cooperation on cultural heritage protection. This was inspired by Egypt’s request for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to restrict imports of Egyptian archaeological and ethnological material into the United States. The goal was to raise public awareness, a core mission of SAFE. … Read More

Auctioning Sacred Objects in Paris, Indigenous Cultural Patrimony, and Burdens of Proof

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Hopi Indian with government official

The April 2013 auction of sacred Native American ceremonial items by the auction house Néret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou* in Paris proceeded only after legal action and vocal international protests from indigenous peoples, anthropologists, museologists, and even the USA government. Ultimately, the French courts upheld the property right of artifact collectors and the auction house over the rights of the Hopi … Read More

I am Greek and I want to go home

Paul BarfordReport2 Comments

The Independent Movement for the Repatriation of Looted Greek Antiquities has produced a video: ‘I am Greek and I Want to go Home’ Photography, Concept and Artwork by Ares Kalogeropoulos Original Music (“Rise”) by Ares Kalogeropoulos It can be seen alongside this one, take a good look at this message to the British: Help make them go viral. .

Contested Ownership of Iraqi-Jewish Heritage Causes International Debate

Lisa PrevilleReport3 Comments

Iraqi-Jewish heritage from "Contested Ownership of Iraqi-Jewish Heritage Causes International Debate"

Iraqi-Jewish cultural heritage is up for debate as the Iraqi government calls for the return of an archive currently being studied and preserved by the United States at the National Archives and Records Administration. Iraq’s ministry of Culture and Antiquities is making claims that the United States, given the responsibility of preserving and studying the archive, has held onto the … 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

Sotheby’s “Off-Base” on Cambodian Antiquities Again

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Sotheby's catalog featuring Cambodia statue

It appears that Sotheby’s is in hot water yet again in relation to their unscrupulous selling of Khmer antiquities. A news article has come to my attention concerning the recovery and repatriation of a c. 950 AD warrior statue, likely looted from the site of Koh Ker during the Vietnam/American War. The Cambodian government recently asked the US for help … Read More

Looted memorial statues returned to Kenyan family

Monica Udvardy and Linda GilesArticle, Commentary, ReportLeave a Comment

Ancestral memorial statues (vigango) erected by the Mijikenda peoples of Kenya are frequently stolen and sold to international art dealers. During the summer of 2007, the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) returned two vigango, which had been in the collections of two American museums, to a Mijikenda family in a rural Kenyan village. We give the history of these two … Read More

Bringing Them Home: The Repatriation of Priceless Human Remains and Artifacts to Cambodia

Damien HufferCommentary, UpdateLeave a Comment

The atmosphere was one of cordiality, but also marked anticipation, as a small crowd of Australian and Cambodian government officials, Embassy representatives, dignitaries, scientists and concerned citizens gathered in the private residence of His Excellency, Cambodian Ambassador Chum Sounry, on the morning of March 10th, 2011. As refreshments were served and the crowd mingled and exchanged pleasantries, everyone’s attention was … Read More

The right to rest in peace: Native American human remains and NAGPRA final rule

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After 20 years since its passage as federal law on November 16, 1990 the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is still capable of sparking off controversies and fiery debates among American Indians, cultural institutions, and academics. December 12th 2010, with a very much trite titles when it comes to Native American repatriation issues, “Bones of Contention”, the … Read More