One researcher, Jürgen Schick, estimated that over half of the region’s historical artworks have been stolen.
UK Rejects European Union Regulations to Reduce Illegal Antiquity Trafficking
The UK has rejected EU regulations that require import licenses for art, antiques, books, and other artifacts that are more than 250 years old before they can enter any EU country.
Investigating Origins and Cultural Heritage at the Metropolitan Museum
As educational institutions, museums should feel an obligation to be forthcoming about provenance issues with items on display.
Documenting Damaged Cultural Heritage and Human Suffering in Yemen’s Civil War
Yemeni human rights organization Mwatana has issued a report based on years of research, titled, “The Degradation of History: Violations Committed by the Warring Parties against Yemen’s Cultural Property.”
Hobby Lobby Turns Over 245 More Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq
Last year, the craft store chain agreed to hand over 5,548 antiquities that it had improperly imported.
Hobby Lobby Busted for Illegally Importing Thousands of Iraqi Antiquities
The US government has raised serious questions about the origin of thousands of ancient artifacts being purchased for a Hobby Lobby-supported museum.
85 Rare and Vibrant Coptic Textiles Find a Home at Queens College
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College acquired 85 Coptic textiles from the 3rd to 7th century Egypt, a rare gift that will be a teaching resource for its students.
“David” and “Venus de Milo” Action Figures Put Art History in Motion
Have you ever wondered what Michelangelo’s “David” would look like if it were kneeling and giving a thumbs up, like a wide receiver who just scored a touchdown?
Discovery of Ancient Greek ‘Palace’ Reveals Fragments of a Lost Language
The Greek Ministry of Culture announced on August 25 that since 2009, archaeologists at a Mycenaean palace on Aghios Vassilios Hill on Greece’s Sparta plain have unearthed numerous artifacts.
FBI Warns of ISIS-Looted Artifacts Hitting the US Market
Antiquities looted by terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria are entering the art market, prompting the FBI to release a flyer soliciting dealers’ and collectors’ help in halting illegal trade.
ISIS Murders Former Chief of Antiquities in Palmyra
Khaled al-Asaad, who served as the director general of the Palmyra Directorate of Antiquities and Museums from 1963 to 2003, was beheaded Tuesday by ISIS fighters in the ancient city.
Ancient Egyptian Artifacts Revealed from a Sunken City
Artifacts from a long-lost underwater city are going on view in Paris this September.