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After France Agrees to Artifact Exchange, Greece Drafts Loan Proposal for British Museum's Parthenon Marbles

Ta Nea / September 3rd, 2019

On Tuesday, Greece's Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said her ministry is preparing a draft proposal for a loan of contested Parthenon sculptures from the British Museum, reported the Washington Post. Details of the request have not been disclosed. The move comes after France agreed to ...

Egyptian Antiquities Expert Calls for Repatriation of King Tut Sculpture Ahead of Auction

ABC News / June 9th, 2019

ABC News: 'Egypt has the right to demand the repatriation of a stone sculpture of King Tutankhamun before it goes up for auction at Christie's in London next month, according to the country’s former antiquities chief.' "It seems that this sculpture was looted from [Luxor's] ...

The Met Will Return A Newly Acquired Antiquity to Egypt Due to Dubious Provenance

New York Times / February 19th, 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C. to Egypt after investigators revealed the piece was allegedly looted in 2011. Newly acquired for nearly $4 million by the Met, the heavily ornamented artifact was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a ...

British Museum Director Calls Keeping Parthenon Sculptures a "Creative Act"

Ta Nea / January 29th, 2019

In an exclusive interview with Ta Nea, Greece's daily newspaper, the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, dismissed the latest uproar for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned to Greece. [Read backstory and ARTFIXdaily's opinion: Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures ...

The Getty Responds to Court Ruling on 2,000-Year-Old Victorious Youth Statue

The Guardian / December 5th, 2018

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that the Getty museum in Los Angeles must return a 2,000-year-old Greek bronze statue, known both as the "Victorious Youth" and the "Getty Bronze," that it bought for almost $4m in 1977. (Read more: The Guardian) In response, the museum released this statement ...

France Will Return Looted Cultural Artifacts, Following Macron-Commissioned Study

BBC / November 25th, 2018

In a historic move, France announced that some contested items in its museum collections will be restituted. “I cannot accept that a large part of the cultural heritage of several African countries is in France,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso capital. ...

Easter Islanders Ask British Museum for Return of Moai Statue

Guardian / October 24th, 2018

From the Guardian: Easter Island’s indigenous people have asked Chile’s government to help them recover a unique Moai statue removed 150 years ago and now kept in the British Museum in London. The seven-foot-tall (2.4-metre) Hoa Hakananai’a sculpture was removed from the island by Richard ...

Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures to be Returned to Greece

Guardian / October 14th, 2018

The Parthenon, crown jewel from the cradle of Western civilization, needs its missing marbles. This political era seems like a fitting time for Athens, the birthplace of democracy, to have her most iconic cultural artifacts restored to their rightful place. The Acropolis Museum in Athens is ...

Brazil's Oldest Museum Consumed by Fire

The Guardian / September 3rd, 2018

A massive fire ripped through Brazil's oldest museum on Sunday night, possibly destroying some 20 million artifacts. The 200-year-old Museu Nacional (National Museum) housed natural history collections including fossils and indigenous artifacts found in Brazil as well as antiquities from Egypt ...

Gardner Museum Links Past and Present in Exhibition Featuring Prized Antiquity

WBUR / June 17th, 2018

Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum now explores the storied history and singular beauty of the Farnese Sarcophagus—as a centerpeice of a new exhibition—featuring its recent conservation, in-depth scholarship and a 3D artistic repsonse to the ancient artifact. With its glorious ...

$1 Billion Grand Egyptian Museum Readies for Opening

CNN / June 5th, 2018

Egypt hopes to lure tourists again with its $1 billion Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in a soft launch by year's end. The largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization, the new 5.2-million-square-foot building is a draw in itself, offering a sweeping overlook of the Great ...

UK's Corbyn Backs Returning Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

Independent / June 4th, 2018

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would return the Parthenon sculptures to Greece if elected Prime Minister, he said in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea. Corbyn believes the sculptures, also called the Elgin Marbles, "belong to Greece." The international cultural agency UNESCO ...

Museum in Jerusalem to Get $40 Million Expansion and Refreshed Content

Haaretz / May 15th, 2018

The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is gearing up for a $40 million expansion in 2019. Part of the renovation will be an enhanced entrance, which will be repositioned on the west side, plus a new wing, archaeological digs, and expanded content including artworks, changing ...

The Museum of Lost Art

Bloomberg / May 2nd, 2018

In a new book, The Museum of Lost Art, (May 4, Phaidon, $35) author Noah Charney spotlights the great art that the world has lost. What’s been destroyed, Carney writes in the book’s introduction, includes “more masterpieces than all of the world’s museums combined.” In 280 pages, ...

US Government's National Monument Reduction Puts Historic Sites at Risk

Huffington Post / March 30th, 2018

The recent downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument, one of America's public lands that the Trump administration has drastically shrunk, puts thousands of historic and archaeologically significant sites at risk. This singular Utah destination is now opened up for mining and ...

Supreme Court Rules Against Terrorism Victims Who Sought Items From Chicago Museums

Chicago Tribune / February 21st, 2018

The Supreme Court denied a transfer of Persian artifacts from Chicago museums to U.S. survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack as part of a court judgment against Iran. The court ruled 8-0 Wednesday against the victims of the suicide bombing in Jersualem. The victims sought to claim Iran's ...

Researchers Discover an Astounding Maya 'Megalopolis'

National Geographic / February 4th, 2018

Researchers say LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology projected from above 800 square miles of jungle in Central America has revealed a remarkable discovery. National Geographic reports: "In what’s being hailed as a 'major breakthrough' in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified ...

Manhattan DA Seizes More Antiquities from Billionaire Collector

New York Times / January 6th, 2018

Antiquities that prosecutors say were looted from Greece and Italy were taken from the Manhattan home and office of billionaire collector Michael H. Steinhardt on Friday. Known for his Greek artifact collection and patronage of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hedge fund manager Steinhardt ...

Trump Drastically Reduces Two National Monuments

New York Times / December 4th, 2017

We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune. — Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt's Antiquities Act was meant to give federal protections to historical, natural ...

The Age of Jesus Christ's Tomb Revealed

National Geographic / November 29th, 2017

Over the centuries, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre has suffered violent attacks, fires, and earthquakes. It was totally destroyed in 1009 and subsequently rebuilt, leading modern scholars to question whether it could possibly be the site identified as the burial place of Christ by a ...