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…

TURKEY: over 26,000 ancient artefacts seized from smugglers

From the Archaeology News Network, January 28, 2018. Turkish police seized more than 26,450 ancient artefacts from various Middle Eastern civilizations in a massive sweep which also netted 13 smugglers. The artefacts include coins, jewelry, stone art and small figurines hailing from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and other cultures, according to images broadcast Thursday by Haberturk…

UK: detectorists and archaeologists

From The Guardian, written by Mary Shepperson, December 18, 2017 There’s been reason for cheer in metal detecting circles, with the news this month that 2016 saw a record number of finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. This announcement has spawned numerous congratulatory reports – including in the Guardian – detailing the wonderful things…

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…