EU-elections May 2019: EAA benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection

As recently noted, the EAA published Benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection 2019 – 2024 for the upcoming elections of the European Parliament in May 2019. Special attention is paid to the prevention of illicit trade in antiques. During election campaigns, benchmarks are a highly effective instrument to make politicians and political parties aware of…

Facebook shut down 49 groups being used by looters to sell stolen ancient artifacts

From BBC News, written by Steve Swann, investigating reporter, May 2, 2019 Steve Swann Investigations reporter Steve Swann Investigations reporter Facebook is being used by networks of traffickers to buy and sell looted antiquities, the BBC has learned. Private groups also discuss how to illegally excavate ancient tombs, according to research by academics. Facebook says…

EAA-session on Illegal obtaining and trade of archaeological artefacts

At the forthcoming EAA annual conference in Bern, September 4-7, 2019, we would like to draw your attention to the following Session of the Committee in the illicit trade of cultural material Illegal obtaining and trade of archaeological artefacts: status quo and counteraction In the framework of the session we will discuss illicit circulation of…

EAA-session on De-colonisation

At the forthcoming EAA annual conference in Bern, September 4-7, 2019, we would like to draw your attention to the following session: DE-COLONISATION AT EAA 25 YEARS ON: THE SOCIAL-ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE CONSERVATION Theme: archaeological_heritage_and_museum_management Twenty-five years ago, when the first annual meeting of the EAA took place, the term ‘decolonisation’ was practically…

Looted antiquities at fairs: who’s to blame?

From the Observer, by Noah Charney, November 7, 2018 It is unfortunately a well-known fact that the art trade has occasionally been infiltrated by unscrupulous characters—art forgers, flippers and thieves are among the first to come to mind. In modern art history, the cases of outright art theft are rare and newsworthy. But in the…

ITALY: return of stolen antiquities with tougher law

From Montreal Gazette, November 4, 2018 Italy’s populist government is to introduce tough new penalties for art and antiquities crimes as it aims to crack down on cultural theft as part of its nationalist agenda. The announcement comes after several high-profile restitutions of antiquities taken to London and New York and recovered only after being…

Looting and Laundering Art, Antiquities, and Financial Crimes

From The Antiquities Coalition, November 5, 2018. The Illicit Art Trade From plundering during the Crusades to Napoleon’s loot of Egypt, antiquities have long been symbols of worldliness and status. In today’s world, antiquities have become go-to investments for art consumers and market speculators. However, individuals with certain statuses, including those blacklisted and on sanctions…