Spain: Rare archaeological artefacts seized by police

By Dilip Kuner,October 11, 2018, in Euroweeklynews. Four people have been arrested for allegedly being complicit in the plundering of an archaeological site in Spain. Guardia Civil officers have recovered 92 rare Celtiberian pieces said to be of ‘great historical value’. They have been taken to a museum in Burgos to be studied, restored and…

Bulgaria: Оrganised crime group for trade in cultural artefacts dismantled

Sofia. Four persons have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group for illicit trade in cultural artefacts, it transpired at a press briefing in the Special Criminal Court today, Focus News Agency reports. Expert reports confirmed that the objects found are cultural artefacts of historical significance. The unique items are made of gold…

Archaeologist threatened by Giacomo Medici

Shortly after the Papadimitrious case, forensic archaeologist Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis finds himself again contacted and threatened by well-known names connected to the trade of illicit antiquities: this time, it is Giacomo Medici who intimidates him. You can find the letter of Giacomo Medici to Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis here. Intimidation and threatening occurs simply for pointing…

New York: amphora from Symes/Michaelides auctioned by Christie’s

The amphora as from the Symes-Michaelides archive. New York. Christie’s announced an amphora to be auctioned which passed through the hands of Symes-Michaelides, as proven by images from their confiscated archive (see images on the right), as was reported by forensic archaeologist Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis. The amphora will be auctioned at Christie’s, in New York,…

ARCA: 19th postgraduate certificate program in art crime & cultural heritage protection

ARCA is accepting early applications for its “19th postgraduate certificate program in art crime & cultural heritage protection“. Travel to Italy, stay for a summer. Study Art, Antiquities, & Culture CRIME from experts in the field. Applications are now being accepted for ARCA 2019 November 30, 2018 – Early Application Deadline January 30, 2019 – General Application…

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…

GREECE: Restitution: An Attic Marble Anthemion from a Grave Stele returned to Greece

Copied from the Art-Crime Blogspot, September 11, 2018 On June 9, 2017 forensic archaeologist Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, wrote to ARCA and to the Art and Antiques Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard), INTERPOL and the Greek police Art Squad reporting that he had identified an Attic Marble Anthemion from a Grave Stele coming up for…