BULGARIA: 5,000 antiquities recovered

Bulgaria recovers over 5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling op with Turkey, France. Bulgarian officials said Friday they had recovered over 5,600 smuggled antiquities and arrested 22 members of two international smuggling rings in a joint operation with Turkey and France. A tip-off by the Bulgarian services eighteen months ago has led to the dismantling of…

Bruxelles: présentation du Code de déontologie de l’UNESCO concernant le commerce des objets d’art

Le 29 novembre de l’année dernière, la Commission belge francophone et germanophone pour l’UNESCO organisait une Journée d’étude sur le thème du trafic illicite des biens culturels, en tant que source de financement du terrorisme et des groupes armés. Vous avez peut-être eu l’occasion d’y assister et de constater à quel point les débats furent…

UNESCO: new infographic on ‘save culture, end trafficking’ – SHARE!

“Save Culture, end trafficking”. New infographic tells you all about UNESCO’s work in combating illicit trafficking. UNESCO Culture sector has published a new infographic, highlighting UNESCO’s work in fighting against illicit trafficking in cultural property. It explains basic concepts of trafficking and illustrates the global effort in implementing the UNESCO 1970 convention on the Means…

Pakistan: stolen antiquities and murder cases

Asma Ibrahim, director of the Museum and Art Gallery Department, State Bank of Pakistan, gave a presentation on ‘Illicit Trade in Antiquities: The Tale of the Persian Mummy’ at the Aga Khan University this week. “The trafficking of culture goods is a growing problem,” Ibrahim said, citing numerous examples of thefts from museums, monuments, religious…

ITALY: Art held hostage – new online bulletin of stolen works of art

The origins of Italy’s Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale go back to the late 1960ies. Since years it publishes a periodic bulletin that has proven to be a valuable tool towards raising awareness and working to combat illicit trafficking and the theft of works of art. The recent 38th bulletin includes descriptions and…

National Geographic article on stolen artifacts in museums

A recently published article by Nick Romeo at the National Geographic’s webpage describes the work of Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis who detects regularly illicit objects in museum’s collections and auction houses. The article is cited in the following. A few years ago, Christos Tsirogiannis was looking through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collection when he…

speeches from the ‘Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Goods’ conference 31/03/2017, Stockholm (Sweden)

Syria and Iraq: Culture at Risk. Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Goods – 31/03/2017, Stockholm (Sweden) In the footsteps of war and unrest, antiquities are being looted from ancient sites and museums. These objects are sold illegally on a growing international market. This trade is a strong threat to proper documentation of our cultural heritage and…

TURKEY: Illegal excavations stir reaction in Myndos

  Illegal excavations that have been continuing for the last three months in the ancient city of Myndos in Bodrum’s Gümüşlük neighborhood have elicited the anger of locals due to the lack of any action to halt the activity. “They’re doing whatever they want in the ancient city. Treasure hunters are looting the national treasures…