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…

USA / ITALY: Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater

Greek, Paestum in southern Italy. Attributed to Python, as painter. Mixing vessel (calyx-krater). About 350-340 BCE.From Artdaily, February 1, 2018. The Speed Art Museum is returning to the Italian government a 2,400-year-old ceramic vessel that was apparently looted from Italian soil. The return of this red-figure calyx-krater is part of a multi-year agreement between the…

New York: Phoenix Ancient Art selling looted artifacts?

From the artnet, written by Henri Neuendorf, January 11, 2018. Investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office seized six artifacts valued at a combined $450,000 from New York antiquities dealers Phoenix Fine Art last Friday. According to a search warrant issued by the New York Supreme Court, the items taken from the gallery include a…