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…

MONGOLIA: how looting threatens to erase Mongolia’s history

It’s a sunny, late summer day in northern Mongolia’s Darkhad Basin – a large glacial lake basin nestled against the country’s Russian border. To the south stretch the grasslands of the Eastern Eurasian Steppe; to the north, the Siberian boreal forest. We stand – almost precisely – at the place they meet, at the forest’s…

FRANCE / Nîmes: Coup d’arrêt à un trafic de pièces archéologiques

Les enquêteurs de la brigade de recherches de Nîmes ont mis à jour un trafic présumé d’objets gallo-romains et médiévaux, revendus sur Internet. La perquisition menée aux domiciles de plusieurs personnes a permis la saisie de nombreuses pièces archéologiques, ainsi que deux détecteurs de métaux utilisés pour la découverte de ces trésors. Les fouilles et…

ROMANIA: Police recover 5,000 archaeological artifacts

The Romanian Police have recovered approximately 5,000 archaeological artifacts following raids at treasure hunters in Western Romania’s Caras-Severin, Arad, Timis and Bihor counties. These date from the ancient to the medieval period, and are as diverse as fragments of ceramic pottery, coins or objects of adornment. Over 300 ancient and medieval coins, several medieval weaponry…

AUSTRIA: Grabungsgenehmigungspflicht in Österreich durch Gerichte weitgehend gekippt

Aus dem DGUF-Newsletter vom 13. Oktober 2017: Der seit Jahrzehnten vertretenen Rechtsauffassung des österreichischen Bundesdenkmalamtes (BDA) zufolge galt gemäß § 11 Abs. 1 des Denkmalschutzgesetzes (DMSG) in Österreich eine Genehmigungspflicht für Grabungen und sonstige archäologische Nachforschungen (NFG-Pflicht) – unabhängig davon, ob auf einer konkret betroffenen Fläche das Vorkommen archäologischer Denkmale bereits bekannt ist (BDA 2016,…

CROATIA: biggest prehistoric tumulus robbed

The archeological site of Jalžabet has been ruined these days. From the archaeological site of Jalžabet, Croatia, in the district of Bistričak, one of the largest prehistoric tombs in Europe is known. The excavations on site were supposed to start soon, but thieves robbed and damaged the site right before. Dr. Saša Kovačević from the…

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…