Archive for July, 2009

Iraq’s modern catastrophe obliterates remnants of Babylon’s ancient wonder

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Iraq's modern catastrophe obliterates remnants of Babylon's ancient wonder Fri, Jul 31, 2009 A Unesco report details the devastating impact the US military had on one of Iraq’s major heritage sites, writes NADA BAKRI in Hilla, Iraq MAYTHAM HAMZAH cast his eyes toward the remains of King Nebuchadnezzar’s guest palace in Babylon, one of ...

Egyptian Grand Museum worthy of the Pharoahs. Egypt’s chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass: the 4500m Grand Egyptian Museum is a project worthy of the Pharaohs.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

It took about 20 years to build the Great Pyramid of Giza, archaeologists believe. It will take about the same amount of time for the Grand Egyptian Museum to be completed.  Given the scale of the project, it is not entirely surprising. Conceived in 1992, the US$550 million (Dh2.02 billion) museum ...

Acropolis Museum row

Friday, July 31st, 2009

This is going to be a very uncomfortable week for Britain. Greece's Culture Minister, Antonis Samaras, has stoked up the pressure by rejecting what he claimed was an offer by the British Museum to loan some of the sculptures that were hacked from the Parthenon at the turn of the ...

Russia Must Return Schneersohn Books

Friday, July 31st, 2009

July 31, 2009 Washington Gregg J. Rickman JTA Wire Service During the 1990s, the world was seized with stories of Nazi plunder and heirless property from the Holocaust era. Stolen bank accounts, looted artwork, confiscated real estate and payments for slave labor made front-page headlines, were the talk of congressional hearings and became the ...

New life for ancient Syrian sculptures; Conservators in Berlin piece together the Tell Halaf fragments over 60 years after they were damaged by Allied bombs

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Martin Bailey  Excavation of the "goddess" in 1912 BERLIN. A group of 30 monumental sculptures from Tell Halaf, in Syria, have been reconstructed after being pulverised into 25,000 fragments in a bombing raid in World War II. Dating from soon after 1000 BC, the basalt statues were on display in Berlin until ...

The Art Newspaper: Visions of Babylon—and beyond. A clutch of books and two international exhibitions explore the famous ancient city, its culture and art

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Visions of Babylon—and beyond A clutch of books and two international exhibitions explore the famous ancient city, its culture and art By John D.M. Green | From    Small-scale statue of a god, from the Southern Palace, Babylon, seventh century BC The word “Babylon” conjures up highly evocative imagery and symbolism. The traditional western view ...

Should Nefertiti and the Parthenon Marbles Go Home?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Nick Gier, New West Unfiltered 7-28-09 Once again the Greek government has demanded that the Parthenon Marbles, better known in imperialist circles as the Elgin Marbles, be returned from the British Museum to the Greek people. The stunning new Acropolis Museum has just opened, and there is a gallery where ...

Kwame Opoku: THE AMAZING DIRECTOR OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM: GRATUITOUS INSULTS AS CURRENCY OF CULTURAL DIPLOMACY?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

It seems there is nobody in the whole of Great Britain who can persuade the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, to refrain from making atrocious statements about cultural matters, especially about cultural objects of others which have been looted or removed under dubious circumstance and brought to the ...

In mostra l'arte ritrovata dai carabinieri. Sessanta capolavori trafugati da scavi clandestini, rubati da chiese e musei saranno tutti insieme in una mostra eccezionale.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

CASTEL S. ANGELO  Sessanta capolavori trafugati da scavi clandestini, rubati da chiese e musei saranno tutti insieme in una mostra eccezionale.  24/07/2009  Con un organico di soli 16 militari, il Nucleo Tutela Patrimonio artistico dei carabinieri muoveva i primi passi nel 1969. Nasceva il primo reparto al mondo specializzato nella lotta al traffico ...

Looting Matters: Will Those Involved in the Medici Conspiracy Face Trial?

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Posted : Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:01:49 GMT Author : Looting Matters SWANSEA, Wales, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the news that Giacomo Medici has lost his appeal in the Italian courts. The Geneva-based antiquities dealer Giacomo Medici has been the focus of attention since police raids on his ...

1969 – 2009:40 anni di attività del Comando Carabinieri

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

OMA - Oggi, alle ore 12.00, presso la sala “Di Liegro” di Palazzo Valentini, sede della Provincia di Roma, il Sottosegretario di Stato per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, On. Francesco Maria Giro, terrà una conferenza stampa di presentazione della mostra “Antologia di meraviglie”, che rientra in una serie ...

Author to Look at Rogue’s Gallery: The Secret History of the Metropolitan Museum

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Newport-Now.com Author to Look at Rogue’s Gallery: The Secret History of the Metropolitan Museum by NEWPORT NOW STAFF on JULY 22, 2009 NEWPORT, R.I. – The Redwood Library and Athenæum will host an author lecture by Michael Gross on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library’s Harrison Room at 50 ...

"Huub Meyer" spills the beans, or does he?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

"Huub Meyer" spills the beans, or does he? One Huub Meyer was assured by members of the Yahoo AncientArtifacts discussion list that “most” [Egyptian] antiquities are “sold legally and were excavated legally for example in Egypt as for 200 years the local, Egyptian, government did not care much about its own ...

Haftstrafe für Dieb von Antiquitäten

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Dienstag, 21. Juli 2009 04:00 Wegen Diebstahls und Betrugs ist ein 37 Jahre alter Mann gestern vom Berliner Landgericht zu fünfeinhalb Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. - Der Angeklagte wurde schuldig gesprochen, von Februar 2008 bis Februar dieses Jahres aus Wohnungen vorwiegend Antiquitäten gestohlen und diese dann im Internet zum Kauf angeboten zu haben.  Im Prozess ...

The dark shadow on the Bührle paintings

Monday, July 20th, 2009

MSN's Video of the Week, from SwiisInfo.ch The arms dealer who loved art The dark shadow on the Bührle paintings. The German industrialist Emil Georg Bührle became a Swiss citizen in the 1920s. The founder of the Zurich art gallery – the scene of a spectacular robbery on February 10, 2008 – started his collection during the ...

Protected: New Acropolis Museum makes case for bringing the Elgin Marbles back to Greece

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

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Ex-curator pleads guilty to theft

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Ex-curator pleads guilty to theft Allison White/The Times-Standard  Posted:07/10/2009 01:21:15 AM PDT  The former curator of Fortuna Depot Museum pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing antiques and was sentenced to 45 days at Humboldt County jail, including time served.  Robert Kenneth Newell, 60, told the court he was ashamed of taking items from ...