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…

BULGARIA: new initiatives to fight illegal excavations and trafficking of cultural objects

The webpage archaeologyinbulgaria.com gives a very good overview on recent cases of illegal excavations, trafficking of cultural objects, and different strategies against it. If you want to be updated, just subscribe to their blog via email. Reading that roughly 500,000 people in Bulgaria are dealing with treasure hunting and thus destroying the country’s archaeological, historical,…