How Facebook Made It Easier Than Ever to Traffic Middle Eastern Antiquities

Article published at worldpoliticsreview.com on August 14, 2018. Written by Amr Al-Azm and Katie A. Paul The instability that followed the Arab uprisings of 2010 and 2011 has given rise to some of the most devastating conflicts the Middle East has ever seen. Syria and Iraq, in particular, have suffered from the dismantling of state infrastructure…

GREECE: Verdict on the Schinoussa case and intimidation of witness part 2

As recently noted, on July 26, 2018, the 3-Member Appeal Penal Court of Athens gave its verdict on the Schinoussa case, in which Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis has been one of the main witnesses for the Greek State against the Papadimitriou family (heir of the dealer Christos Michaelides, partner of Robin Symes, antiquities dealers). After sending (27.07.2018)…

SAA: new standards published

After very lengthy debates within the SAA itself, the statement on working with “responsible and responsive” stewards (artefact collectors, artefact hunters etc), is finally agreed and published! Society For American Archaeology Statement On Collaboration With Responsible And Responsive Stewards Of The Past Download Statement In the United States there are many people with an enthusiastic…

UK: The British Museum’s ‘Looting’ Problem

By Josephine Livingstone, from The New Republic, August 14, 2018 This weekend, headlines across the internet announced that the British Museum was to “return looted antiquities to Iraq.” Eight tiny artifacts, some of them 5,000 years old, were handed to Iraqi officials in a ceremony on Friday, to be transported to the National Museum of…

Buying or Selling Antiquities Can Assist Terrorism

A worth to read article by John Byrne, published July 20, 2018, at the AML-Homepage. (AML is the leading firm solely focused on Anti-Money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and financial crimes compliance solution). After so many years of following the AML community and being a part of that great group, it is hard…