Tag: looted heritage

Once Reviled, Libyan Archaeologists Take on a New Role

al-fanarmedia.org/2017/08/reviled-libyan-archaeologists-take-new-role/ 07/08/2017 The ideology of the Libyan state under the dictator Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi discouraged the study of the country’s ancient past. Al-Qadhafi viewed archaeology as a relic of colonialism, and it was said that he would punish officials by banishing…

Iraq steps up efforts to restore lost heritage at ancient Nimrud

al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/iraq-nimrud-archaeology-isis-reconstruction.html 07/08/2017 An Iraqi army soldier walks among historic ruins destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, south of Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 16, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Ari Jalal) Iraqi authorities announced last month that UNESCO has started the first…

Antique smugglers’ mantra: Raze temples, strike gold

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/antique-smugglers-mantra-raze-temples-strike-gold/articleshow/59870415.cms Jaya Menon2-8-2017 Plundering of temples for rare icons is passe. It’s ripping of temple parts in collusion with their ‘custodians’ that is now causing concern. As shrines across Tamil Nadu are plundered for rare idols, demolition of temples in the name…

Met Museum Turns Over Another Relic With Disputed Past to Prosecutors

nytimes.com/2017/08/01/arts/design/met-museum-relic-lebanon.html 1-8-2017 Manhattan prosecutors have taken custody of an ancient bull’s head that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art because of concerns that the antiquity was looted from a Lebanese storage area in the 1980s during Lebanon’s…

Christie’s Must Name Bidder for a ‘Stolen’ $14.5 Million Turkish Idol, Judge Rules

news.artnet.com/art-world/federal-judge-says-christies-must-id-buyer-of-14-5m-turkish-idol-1036742 28-7-2017 In what can only be described as a highly unusual art law case, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered Christie’s auction house to identify the winning—yet ultimately unsuccessful—bidder of a 5,000-year-old artifact that Turkey is claiming as stolen cultural…

Stolen idols of Hindu gods turn up at art galleries in New York and London

scroll.in/magazine/844289/a-tiny-police-wing-is-trying-to-bring-back-the-thousands-of-idols-stolen-from-tamil-nadu History sheet A tiny police wing is trying to bring back the thousands of idols stolen from Tamil Nadu But is the department any match for the smugglers? Jul 30, 2017 · 11:30 am   Twirling one end of…

Israeli police seize stolen antiquities from Roman, Byzantine period

i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/151702-170730-israeli-police-seize-stolen-antiquities-from-roman-byzantine-period Israeli police sized antiquities from home in East Jerusalem on Sunday July 30, 2017 Police arrest five antique dealers from East Jerusalem and seize some NIS800,000 in cash and foreign currency Israeli police arrested five antique dealers from East Jerusalem…