EU report on EU “Illicit trade in cultural goods in Europe”

The new EU Commission’s funded report “Illicit trade in cultural goods in Europe” is out now – and it’s almost 300 pages strong! The report was written by Dr. Neil Brodie Dr. Donna Yates from Trafficking Culture. You can have a look at it following this link or download it here.

EU-elections May 2019: EAA benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection

As recently noted, the EAA published Benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection 2019 – 2024 for the upcoming elections of the European Parliament in May 2019. Special attention is paid to the prevention of illicit trade in antiques. During election campaigns, benchmarks are a highly effective instrument to make politicians and political parties aware of…

Bulgaria: Оrganised crime group for trade in cultural artefacts dismantled

Sofia. Four persons have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group for illicit trade in cultural artefacts, it transpired at a press briefing in the Special Criminal Court today, Focus News Agency reports. Expert reports confirmed that the objects found are cultural artefacts of historical significance. The unique items are made of gold…

EAA-conference in Barcelona, September 2018: call for contributions

At the annual conference of the EAA in Barcelona, 5-8 September 2018, our committee organises a session on: CULTURAL PROPERTY: FROM LOOTING AND ILLEGAL TRADE TO RESTITUTION Theme: Archaeology and the European Year of Cultural Heritage (Session #763) Author: Dr Mödlinger, Marianne (France) – Université Bordeaux Montaigne Organisors: Dr Kairiss, Andris (Latvia) – Latvian Academy…

BULGARIA: >5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling operation recovered

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 “two international organized crime groups with members of different nationalities engaged in…

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…

GERMANY/Munich – BULGARIA: Gorny and Mosch selling finds from illegal excavations?

A recent article from the German TV-Channel ‘Das Erste’ by Andreas Wolter (in German) discusses the unsecure provenance of a Poseidon statuette recently sold at Gorny & Mosch in Munich (though the auction house is not mentioned by name). The auction house names as provenance only ‘Ex collection A.T., Munich, since 1985’. But the statue…