GERMANY/ITALY: Gorny & Mosch selling antiquities from Giacomo Medici

Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, affiliated researcher at The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow, has just identified today, November 20, 2017,  the kylix (cup) lot 62 at the forthcoming antiquities auction of Gorny & Mosch in Munich, Germany (Auction 252  –  13.12.2017: Ancient Art: An important collection of Greek vases and parts…

ITALY: Property of Becchina seized – link to Cosa Nostra

The Italian Journal 24ore, Campobello-News, and Palermo.repubblica  noted today, November 15, 2017, that the property of Gianfranco Becchina (here more info in Italian) was confiscated due to links to the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, namely its boss Matteo Messina Denaro: authorities have seized the noble house and Becchina’s bussiness (Olio Verde, Demetra srl, Becchina & company…

MONGOLIA: how looting threatens to erase Mongolia’s history

It’s a sunny, late summer day in northern Mongolia’s Darkhad Basin – a large glacial lake basin nestled against the country’s Russian border. To the south stretch the grasslands of the Eastern Eurasian Steppe; to the north, the Siberian boreal forest. We stand – almost precisely – at the place they meet, at the forest’s…

FRANCE / Nîmes: Coup d’arrêt à un trafic de pièces archéologiques

Les enquêteurs de la brigade de recherches de Nîmes ont mis à jour un trafic présumé d’objets gallo-romains et médiévaux, revendus sur Internet. La perquisition menée aux domiciles de plusieurs personnes a permis la saisie de nombreuses pièces archéologiques, ainsi que deux détecteurs de métaux utilisés pour la découverte de ces trésors. Les fouilles et…