Antiquities

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Gold, Jasper and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court; The Frick Collection, New York City, through August 19, 2012

A Jeweler Picks Up Where Nature Left Off.  Johann Christian Neuber’s Gold-and-Stone Snuff Boxes at the Frick [The New York Times, http://www.frick.org%5D  Most intoxicating vices involve some kind of paraphernalia, designed for convenience, traveling light and, often, showing off. These run the gamut from engraved silver liquor flasks, Art Deco cigarette cases and Moroccan leather … Continue reading

UPDATE: Destruction of Timbuktu World Heritage Site by Islamist Extremists Continues Unabated

As we reported on June 29, Ansar Dine, the Islamist militant sect affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has declared war on Timbuktu’s ancient  monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as being “idolatrous.”  In spite of international outrage and threats of UN intervention, the militants last week destroyed yet more 700 year-old tombs containing the remains of Islamic … Continue reading

A Priceless Heritage At Risk from Mali Islamic Extremists!

As Emily Sharpe has reported in The Art Newspaper, concern for the cultural heritage of Mali is growing after militant Islamic fundamentalists desecrated a 15th-century tomb of a Muslim saint in Timbuktu in May, and threatened to destroy other tombs as well as anything else they perceive as being idolatrous or contrary to their version … Continue reading

Turkey Demands the Return of More “Looted” Artifacts from American Museums

After demanding that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art return 18 objects of art including several highlights of the Met’s collection that are currently on display in the museum’s Ancient Near East Galleries, the Turkish government has now contacted the Getty, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection to present evidence … Continue reading

Vandals and Thieves Using Google Earth to Inflict Egregious Damage on Britain’s Heritage Sites

In its issue of March 19, The Telegraph reports that metal thieves are using Google Earth and other online resources to identify Britain’s historic buildings to plunder. Historically important sites are being irrevocably damaged by criminals who plunder them for “trophies” which cannot be replaced. Mike Harlow, legal director at English Heritage, said he believed … Continue reading

Archaeologists Protest ‘Glamorization’ of Looting on TV

Archaeologists are mounting a campaign against two new cable TV shows that they say encourage and glamorize looting of American archaeological sites. On 20 March, Spike TV will premiere a new show called American Digger, while a show called Diggers on the National Geographic Channel made its debut 28 February. Both shows “promote and glorify the looting and … Continue reading