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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 ...

NYC Prosecutors Seek Custody of $100M in Artifacts

Telegraph / April 16th, 2015

New York City prpsecutors are asking a judge for custody of a trove of 2,622 Hindu and Buddhist treasures plundered from South Asia and seized by U.S. authorities. New York storage facilities were raided from 2012 to 2014 to recover the relics as part of the investigation of art dealer Subhash ...

Is Egypt's Equivalent of the Mona Lisa a Fake?

History / April 7th, 2015

Francesco Tiradritti, a professor at the Kore University of Enna who serves as director of the Italian archaeological mission to Egypt, has dropped a bombshell: He believes “Meidum Geese” was most likely painted not during the 4th dynasty of ancient Egypt, but in the 19th century, reports ...

Tourists Killed in Shooting Attack on Tunisian Museum

AP / March 18th, 2015

A shooting attack Wednesday at the site of Tunisia's largest museum ended with 21 people killed, including 17 tourists. Two of those killed were gunmen after a firefight with security forces. The dead tourists came from Italy, Poland, Germany and Spain, said officials. Some may have been ...

Colonial Williamsburg Offers to Help Protect Iraq's Artifacts, Cyber Attack Follows

ArtfixDaily / March 12th, 2015

The website of Colonial Williamsburg -- www.history.org -- was hacked last weekend in one of several cyber attacks on U.S. websites by a group claiming to be Islamic State. The incident followed an event at Colonial Williamsburg where president Mitchell Reiss, a former senior U.S. ...

Did ISIS Destroy Replicas at Mosul Museum?

channel 4 / February 28th, 2015

The attack on antiquities by ISIS militants at the Nineveh Museum in Mosul, Iraq, last week might not have been as damaging as appears in the video. Experts say many of the statues destroyed in the propaganda piece were actually replicas. An Assyrian winged bull sculpture dating from ...

ISIS Destroys Ancient Artifacts at Mosul Museum

ArtfixDaily / February 26th, 2015

Artifacts from the birthplace of civilization were destroyed by Islamic militants. A 5-minute video posted Thursday shows fighters smashing statues dating from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires at Iraq's largest museum. A man in the video cites Mohammed's destruction of idols in Mecca as ...