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$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 ...

Authorities Seize Ancient Artifact at TEFAF New York

New York Times / October 29th, 2017

Police officers and two prosecutors seized an ancient limestone bas-relief from the booth of a London dealer at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) New York Fall fair on Friday, reports the New York Times. The prestigious, vetted fair is on view at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. The piece ...

Trump Withdraws U.S. from UNESCO

New York Times / October 12th, 2017

The Trump administration announced plans on Thursday to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. Citing "anti-Israel bias" as the primary reason for withdrawal, the U.S. seeks to be a nonmember observer of the U.N. agency that designates cultural ...

Ancient Egyptian Tomb With Artifacts Rediscovered Near Luxor

CNN / September 10th, 2017

Egyptian authorities unveiled a previously undiscovered ancient tomb belonging to a goldsmith and his wife near Luxor in southern Egypt on Saturday, reports CNN. The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts," according to ...

Met Museum Hands Over Two Ancient Objects to Authorities

AD / August 3rd, 2017

Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave up a large painted terracotta vase that had been illegally excavated from an ancient burial ground in Italy to the district attorney. The ancient Greek vessel, a krater, shows Dionysus, god of the grape harvest, riding in a cart. In a second ...

Antiquities Dealer Sues Wall Street Journal Over Article on ISIS Link

Courthouse News Service / July 18th, 2017

An antiquities dealer has sued the Wall Street Journal over an article linking his family-run art gallery to ISIS, reports Courthouse New Service. It is the second major lawsuit instigated by the gallery this year. Hicham Aboutaam, head of the Manhattan-based Electrum, the agent ...

Supreme Court to Decide Case on Seizing Iranian Artifacts

CNS / June 29th, 2017

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether Americans injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing can seize Iranian artifacts from the University of Chicago to satisfy a $71 million judgment, reports Courthouse New Service. Injured Americans in the Hamas attack on a Jerusalem mall were ...

The Living Museum Within Bears Ears National Monument

ArtfixDaily / May 15th, 2017

Southeast Utah's Bears Ears National Monument has been called the "Sistine Chapel" of the West for its ancient wall etchings, notes the New York Times. Some 100,000 archaeological sites comprise this 1.3-million acre landscape known for its cultural significance as a living museum, its ...

U.S. Received Influx of $100 Million in Artifacts from Egypt and Turkey in 2016

Live Science / March 22nd, 2017

Live Science reports that about $50 million in artifacts were shipped from each Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016  — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least 20 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau documents. Documents reveal that antique gold coins ...

Mosul Museum Retaken by Iraqi Forces

Reuters / March 7th, 2017

Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured the main government building in Mosul, the central bank branch and the museum where three years ago the militants filmed themselves destroying priceless statues, reports Reuters. Dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed in an overnight raid, according to ...

Egypt Reopens the Museum of Islamic Art, Renovates Historic Home of French Archaeologist

ArtfixDaily / February 20th, 2017

Cultural preservation moved forward in Egypt over the past month. Terrorist attacks have slumped tourism to popular sites, but recent efforts have successfully reviltalized landmarks, including the Cairo museum damaged by a car bomb three years ago. Egyptian President Al-Sisi hosted UNESCO ...