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…

The freeport in Geneva – news in Italian

Dal sole24ore, Dicember 4, 2017, scritto da R. Galullo e A. Mincuzzi. Otto minuti di cammino separano la costruzione di vetro e acciaio del quartier generale di Ubs dal più inaccessibile museo della terra. Carouge, nella parte sudoccidentale di Ginevra, è un luogo di misteri. Il palazzo dell’Ubs ospitava fino a qualche anno fa la…

PARIS: auction of doubtful Roman marble statue at Millon

As recently discovered by Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, a forensic archaeologist and Affiliated Researcher in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow, Lot no. 292, from the forthcoming auction of Millon, on Friday, 8th of December, in Paris, at Hotel Drouot, has quiet some doubtful origin. According to the Millon…

Switzerland: Basel sells looted antiquities

Two articles from the Basler Zeitung (also here), written by Raphael Suter, October 31, 2017 (in German). See also the Tageswoche (also German). Um die Verfahrenskosten zu decken, verkauft der Kanton Basel-Stadt einige Kunstgegenstände unsicherer Provenienz. Macht sich der Staat so nicht selber zum Hehler? Die rechtliche Situation ist klar, die moralische sehr viel komplexer.…

Egypt: Antiquities Ministry struggles with smuggling

From Al-Monitor, written by Hani Sameer, November 21, 2017. Egypt recently recovered another cache of smuggled antiquities, bringing attention once again to the challenges of protecting the country’s ancient artifacts. Earlier this month, customs officers at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates confiscated 354 artifacts dating from different eras of ancient Egyptian and…

SPAIN: Thousands of archaeological items recovered

From Euroweekly, written by Karl Smallman, November 18, 2017. POLICE officers in Spain who raided the home of a couple have discovered a hoard of several thousands of archaeological pieces. At the property in San Fernando, Cadiz, Guardia Civil agents found coins from the Roman to the medieval period, buttons, keys, beads, thimbles, rings, bullets…

ITALY: Mafia & Cultural Heritage

 From Il Vibonese, written by Giuseppe Baglivo, November 20, 2017. In Italian. Un grande mercato internazionale, molti vantaggi e poche regole. Il Vibonese è da tempo al centro di traffici di reperti archeologici che abbracciano mezza Europa e si propagano sin negli Stati Uniti. Un sottobosco di “professionisti”, legati a un circuito di distribuzione su scala…