Conference on working with cultural objects and manuscripts in Finland, June 2017

In an international conference, organised by Working with Cultural Objects and Manuscripts (WCOM), which will take place at the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki, on June 5-6, 2017, the topic of trafficked cultural objects in Finland is adressed. This in order to generate awareness and kick-start a national debate. The conference is organised with funding…

Heritage under Threat: annual meeting of the Centre for Digital Heritage in Leiden

The annual meeting of the Centre for Digital Heritage (CDH) will take place at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University on 15-16 June 201. The theme will be Heritage under Threat. During two days, five keynotes, 19 papers and seven posters on this topic will be presented. For a list of accepted papers and further…

SmartWater now used to protect cultural heritage in Syria

In a joint US-UK initiative financed by the SmartWater Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of the international crime-fighting company, SmartWater, a team of undercover operatives and trained Syrian Archaeologists have successfully applied SmartWater’s unique ‘traceable liquid’ to some of Syria’s most treasured historical artifacts, including two precious mosaics from the UNESCO World Heritage designated site of…

ITALY/New York: stolen vessel turns back home

As recently reported, an Etruscan vessel dating from 470 BC was seized at Royal Athena Galleries, New York. The vessel, which was valued at $ 250,000, was seized by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, and will be now returned to Italy. It was already formally returned to the Italian consul general in New York, Francesco…

ITALY: private museum with Etruscan finds seized

Carabinieri seized five archaeological objects dating to the 7th-3rd century BC which were in private possession in Tarquinia. The owner did not declare the possession of the objects to the soprintendenza. The objects are currently catalogued and their value estimated. The seizure of the objects is part of a bigger investigation on illegal excavation and…