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…

CAA2019 Conference: session on contrasting trafficking and looting of cultural property

In the frame of the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2019 Conference with the topic ‘Check Object Integrity’, which will take place in Krakow on April 23-27, 2019, we would like to inform you about a session on ‘Chasing heritage thieves: digital methods and approaches to contrasting trafficking and looting of cultural…

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…

GREECE: Verdict on the Schinoussa case & intimidation of witness

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). According to an email from…

Ionian shipwrecks and antiquity smuggling

Source: Archaeology and Arts [May 16, 2018] The ‘history’ of Ionian shipwrecks emerges after three cases of antiquity smuggling in one month were investigated by the Ioannina Police and two Germans living for 30 years in the coastal town of Perdika in Thesprotia were arrested, as well as a scuba diver in Igoumenitsa and a…