SWITZERLAND/Geneva: Art World Pens Anti-Money-Laundering Guide Amid Scandals

Geneva’s art world suffered another blow to its reputation in November when prosecutors seized pillaged Syrian antiquities from the city’s free port, raising concerns about money laundering and terrorist financing. Now a group of art dealers, lawyers and consultants is fighting back. Under the banner of the Responsible Art Market Initiative, the group published a set of…

ITALY, Padoa: International Winter School on Anthropology of Forgery

The University of Padoa, Italy, organises an international winter school on Anthropology of Forgery 13-17 February 2017. The schhol takes places at the University of Padoa, the Gallerie d’Italia in Vicenza, and the Palazzo Zuckermann, Padoa. You can find the program and further information here: program_winter-school_anthropology-of-forgery_2017  

EUROPOL: 3561 artefacts seized in Operation Pandora

Europol has joined forces with law enforcement authorities from 18 countries, INTERPOL, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to tackle the theft and illicit trafficking of cultural goods. Operation Pandora, as EUROPOL just noticed in a press release on January 23, 2016, was successfully led by…

ITALY: numismatic prof. leads illegal excavation to sell finds

La Repubblica.it and other journals informs today, January 18, 2017 that 12 persons were arrested since they were caught to be involved in plundering archaeological sites in Crotone, Calabria (Southern Italy) since years and selling their finds on the black market. The group of tombaroli was lead by numismatic prof. P. G. Attianese. With him arrested was…

LEIDEN: meeting on Heritage under Threat, 15-16 June 2017

On 15-16 June 2017, the Digital Archaeology Research Group and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University will jointly host the 2017 annual meeting of the Centre for Digital Heritage (CDH). The theme of the CDH 2017 meeting will be Heritage under Threat. Armed conflicts are currently threatening…

Royal-Athena Galleries, New York: sarcophagus seized

As recently posted, the Royal-Athena Galleries, New York,had until recently a sarcophagus, which presents a battle between Greeks and Trojans, on sale. The gallery is owned by Dr. Jerome Eisenberg, New York, and has a more than doubtful history, since it is tighly connected with the Italian illicit antiquities dealer Gianfranco Becchina. Thanks to Dr.…

Strasbourg, January 13: international Colloquium on prevention of illicit trafficking in cultural goods

An international Colloquium on ‘Initiatives to strengthen international capacities for the protection of cultural property and the prevention of illicit trafficking in cultural goods – the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property‘ will take place in Strasbourg this week on January 13, 2017. It is organised by the Council of Europe.…