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…

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…

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…

Icom unveils Yemen red list at Metropolitan Museum in bid to halt illegal trade of artefacts

From The Art Newspaper, written by Anny Shaw, February 1, 2018 As conflict rages in Yemen, resulting in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, leading cultural and political figures gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last night to launch an emergency red list of cultural objects being looted and possibly…

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…

TURKEY: largest ever haul of ancient statues and coins seized

From Reuters.com, writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans and Pritha Sarkar, December 21, 2017 ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police said on Thursday they had rescued thousands of artefacts dating back to Anatolian, Greek and Egyptian civilizations in the largest operation to combat smuggling of ancient treasures in the country’s history. Among the items…