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…

NEW YORK: Looted Antiques Seized From Billionaire’s Home, Prosecutors Say

The New York Times, January 5, 2018, written by J. C. McKinley Investigators raided the office and the Manhattan home of the billionaire Michael H. Steinhardt on Friday afternoon, carrying off several ancient works that prosecutors say were looted from Greece and Italy. Mr. Steinhardt, a hedge-fund manager and philanthropist, has been collecting art from…

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…

UK: detectorists and archaeologists

From The Guardian, written by Mary Shepperson, December 18, 2017 There’s been reason for cheer in metal detecting circles, with the news this month that 2016 saw a record number of finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. This announcement has spawned numerous congratulatory reports – including in the Guardian – detailing the wonderful things…

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…