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Italy to Put Over $300 Million into Cultural Projects

New York Times / January 6th, 2016

Italy's museums and cultural sites are set to receive a 300 million euro ($322 million) investment from the government over the next three years, reports the New York Times. In the wake of the recent theft of 17 artworks from Castelvecchio Museum, a 14th-century fortress in Verona, museum ...

Egypt Plans Ambitious Underwater Museum

Smithsonian / December 30th, 2015

A new museum proposed for Egypt’s City of Alexandria aims to bring visitors to sunken treasures not seen by the public in over 1,400 years, reports Smithsonian. Lighthouse of Pharos aims to safeguard sunken relics. “This area was one of the most important areas in the world for around 1,000 ...

British Museum Becomes World's Largest Google Street View of an Interior Space

National Geographic / December 29th, 2015

The British Museum recently unveiled the results of its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute (GCI): the world’s largest Google Street View of an interior space, covering nine floors and 85 permanent galleries of the museum.   Its public database of more than 3.5 million objects ...

2015 in Review: Art Crime

The Creators Project / December 26th, 2015

Sensational stories of art crimes were plenteous in 2015. The Creators Project has put together a list of some of the biggest headlines, ranging from ISIS destroying the ancient buildings and artifacts of Palmyra to the brazen Ukranian ultranationalists who seek an exorbitant "finder's fee" for ...

Scholar Finds 1,700-Year-Old Gospel Fragment on eBay, Starting at $99

Verge / November 27th, 2015

Geoffrey Smith, an assistant professor of early Christianity at the University of Texas, was searching eBay when he discovered a 1,700-year-old papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John offered with a starting bid of $99. Recognizing it as a rare scroll in Greek with a fragment of text from John ...

French President Hollande Offers 'Asylum' to Artworks Threatened by Islamic State

AFP / November 18th, 2015

In a speech to the UN cultural body on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said he would introduce "Right to asylum" for artworks and cultural objects threatened by destruction or illegal sale by Islamic State (IS) miltants. The measure is to stem the activity of militants ...

Ancient Treasure-Laden Tomb Discovered in Greece

MSN / October 26th, 2015

An unknown soldier whose treasure-laden tomb lay undisturbed for some 3,500 years was unearthed by US archaeologists in Greece. Gold, silver and ivory objects and jewelry were among the finds recovered from the site of the Mycenaean-era Palace of Nestor on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula. ...

Islamic State Blows Up Arch of Triumph, a Roman-Era 'Jewel' of Palmyra

Reuters / October 4th, 2015

Islamic militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, one of the jewels in the architectural crown of Roman-era buildings in Palmyra. Syrian antiquities officials confirmed the destruction on Sunday. The arch follows ISIS-led attacks on 2,000-year-old temples and other ...

Egypt Confirms Theory That Hidden Chambers Could Lie Behind King Tut's Tomb

National Geographic / September 29th, 2015

On Monday, U.S. researcher Nicholas Reeves joined a group of Egyptian and foreign archaeologists to examine the famed tomb of Tutankhamun, an 18th-Dynasty pharaoh who died around 1323 B.C. Egypt’s antiquities minister confirmed Reeves's new theory that evidence suggests the ...

German Art Historian Tapped to Head the British Museum

Guardian / September 27th, 2015

A German art historian has been named to lead the British Museum, which ranks as the UK's most popular tourist attraction. Vast collections spanning human history and cultures from the Parthenon marbles to Navajo silver will be overseen by Hartwig Fischer, 53, the first ...

Old is New Again in New York Pop-Up Exhibition

T, The New York Times Style Magazine / September 23rd, 2015

Four renowned European antiques dealers are betting that American collectors are ready for fresh objects of desire. With eye-catching displays, they are looking to cultivate an interest in historical objects and centuries-old art with a new generation of American collectors ...

Egypt Approves Radar Search for Queen Nefertiti's Tomb

DailyMail / September 23rd, 2015

A non-invasive radar scan of an area adjacent to King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old tomb in the Valley of the Kings was given preliminary approval by the Egyptian Cultural Ministry. New research by Dr. Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona claims that Nefertiti, who is thought to be ...

Museum Mishaps: Kids Accidentally Break Baroque Painting, 2,000-Year-Old Vase in Separate Incidents

Haaretz / August 25th, 2015

Two kids had their worst museum visits ever this week. A 12-year-old boy on a school field trip to Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park tripped and accidentally punched a hole through a Paolo Porpora floral still-life valued at $1.5 million.  The work was a casualty on the group's ...

ISIS Beheads Antiquities Scholar Who Protected Location of Artifacts

Guardian / August 19th, 2015

Islamic State militants publicly beheaded a leading scholar of antiquities in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Tuesday. Khaled al-Asaad, 82, refused to tell the militants the whereabouts of ancient artifacts moved for safekeeping. After a month-long detainment, he was murdered and his body hung ...

British Museum Could Loan £1bn Worth of Objects to Abu Dhabi Museum

Art Newspaper / July 16th, 2015

The British Museum could possibly loan around 500 collection objects worth about one billion pounds to the Gulf nation of Abu Dhabi. Works earmarked for the Zayed National Museum for possible loan include an Assyrian relief from Nimrud, the Banquet Scene (645–635BC), which was ...

Unesco Remembers The Alamo Among New World Heritage Sites

Business Insider / July 7th, 2015

Unesco has designated 27 more places to its list of world heritage sites. Properties from Texas to Turkey will now join over 1,000 cultural, historical, and natural sites around the globe that form the United Nations organization's list. The Alamo, one of five frontier missions ...

Islamic State Sells Looted Antiquities Online

ArtfixDaily / July 1st, 2015

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is selling looted antiquities through eBay, Whatsapp, and Facebook in a fundraising effort. After U.S.-led airstrikes depleted Islamic State's $1 million daily oil revenue by nearly two-thirds, militants turned to the $3 billion global antiquities market for ...

U.S. Returns Valuable Trove of Antiquities to Italy

NBC / May 26th, 2015

American investigators relieved some American collections of looted antique artifacts worth multi-millions of dollars and presented them to Italy. In a repatriation ceremony on Tuesday, dozens of objects — including a 4th-century sarcophagus lid in the form of a sleeping woman — went on ...

ISIS Controls Museum, Historic Sites in Palmyra After Deadly Takeover

BBC / May 24th, 2015

Syria's ancient town of Palmyra was seized by Islamic State militants last week. Reports on Sunday put the death toll at about 400 civilians after ISIS took control, ransacked a museum and barricaded the town. ISIS has made a public show of destroying what they see as "false idols" in museums ...

Greece Passes On Legal Action Over Elgin Marbles

BBC / May 14th, 2015

Despite waging a high-profile campaign for their return, Greece will not take legal action against the UK over the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles, the Parthenon's famous sculptural frieze. About 30 percent of the marbles reside at the British Museum. They were acquired 200 years ago by Lord ...