Emmanuel Macron appointed a Senegalese economist and French art historian to study the repatriation of African artifacts held in museum collections in France.
After a string of high-profile raids and restitutions, the Manhattan DA has created a formal squad to focus on the trade in illegal antiquities.
In a speech in Burkina Faso, Emmanuel Macron bemoaned the fact that so much of Africa’s cultural patrimony is held by European collectors and museums.
It would be the first repatriation of remains to the indigenous people by a foreign country.
The Übersee-Museum Bremen and three other institutions are repatriating 59 Moriori and Māori ancestral remains collected in the 19th century.
In one of the latest examples of American museums repatriating human remains, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe was given control of the 10,600-year-old Spirit Cave mummy.
This afternoon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, hosted an emergency meeting of tribal leaders, government representatives, and NGO officials to call for a halt to a Monday auction in Paris that involves human remains and sacred indigenous objects.
Active repatriation of indigenous remains in museums only gathered serious momentum in the 1980s.
The Greek government has decided not to go to court to demand restitution of the Elgin Marbles, which the country has been trying to get back from the British Museum for three decades.
Imagine this: boxes of family photos, wood carvings, landscape paintings, handmade jewelry, and other items being put up for auction.
In 2013, UNESCO asked the British Museum to let it mediate a deal between it and the government of Greece, which has been calling for the return of the Elgin Marbles with ever-growing fervor for the past 30 years.
In settling the dispute of where one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century is buried, a ruling last week declared that a town can’t be treated like a museum.