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…

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…

Artefacts worth €40m recovered in raids across Europe

By John Phillips (Rome) and Justin Huggler (Berlin) for the Telegraph, July 4, 2018. Police have arrested an international ring of traffickers alleged to have smuggled thousands of stolen Sicilian archaeological treasures worth more than £30 million to collectors and auction houses across Europe. A British art dealer and 20 Italians have been arrested, along…

ITALY: Trafficking cultural heritage, documentary at RAI

(in Italian), dal sito di ufficiostampa.rai.it The videos are also online available following this link: Ladri di Belezza “LADRI DI BELLEZZA” Mercoledì 6 Giugno prima serata RAI1 ore 21.30 È il quarto mercato illecito del mondo: il traffico d’oggetti d’arte frutto di scavi clandestini e veri e propri furti. “Petrolio” ricostruisce per la prima volta…

UNESCO, EU and art market fight against illicit trafficking of cultural objects

From the UNESCO-Homepage, published March 28, 2018 When it comes to the global art market, Europe is reportedly the largest exporter of art and antiquities, and the second largest importer.  While most of the estimated USD 14.6 billion European trade is licit or “clean”, there is no doubt that it also falls victim to organized…

PERU: stopping the trafficking of priceless artefactss

The high-stakes race to stop the trafficking of priceless artefacts A team of Peruvian investigative journalists are leading a bold global project. Its aim: to expose the trafficking of Latin American artefacts. Written by Karen Emslie, published Thursday 17 May 2018 at Wired In December 2016, David Hidalgo received a photograph of a 17th-century Peruvian…

LJUBLJANA: conference “Guardians of the contexts”

International conference on the legislation, strategies and principles for the inclusion of the amateur archaeologists & metal detectorists into the scientific research and heritage protection schemes, and consolidation of the legal framework and practical measures for the prevention of looting and illegal trade in antiquities Place: Ljubljana Date: 5th/6th April 2018 Venue: National museum of…