Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Egypt says it retrieved 4 stolen artefacts from Britain

My guess is this is a 'stock photo'
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced yesterday that it has received four artefacts that had been stolen and smuggled out of Egypt. [...]  Shaaban Abdel Gawad, a ministry official, said two of the artefacts were displayed in an auction house in the UK while the other two pieces were in the possession of an antiquities dealer in London. Two of the artefacts were stolen during the security mayhem that prevailed in the wake of the 2011 uprising, which resulted in the ousting of long-time president Hosni Mubarak, while the other two were stolen in 2013, according to the ministry.

 'Egypt says it retrieved 4 stolen artefacts from Britain' Middle East Monitor May 24, 2017

Metal Detectorists Happy About Brexit, Real Archaeologists Likely to be Less so.


New report shows that UK archaeology and classics are likely to be the worst hit academic disciplines due to loss of EU funding after Brexit. After all, who now needs archaeologists to make crowd-pleasing discoveries like the Frome hoard?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Antiquities collectors compared to kerb crawlers


Katherine V Huntley‏ @KVHuntley 10 godzin temu
W odpowiedzi do
This is good, but I think antiquities trafficking is like prostitution: we need to be targeting the demand side of things. #archaeology

Vignette: Lady talking to motorist in street at night

'Greek Police Arrest Three Men for Possession of Antiquities



Hellenic Police on Saturday arrested three men at Grevena, northwestern Greece, for illegal possession of antiquities of archaeological and scientific value (Philip Chrysopoulos, 'Greek Police Arrest 3 Antiquity Smugglers at Grevena ' Greek Reporter May 21, 2017).
 According to the Athens News Agency, the three men, 42, 52 and 63 years old, had in their homes 32 items in violation of the Law on Antiquities and General Cultural Heritage. Specifically, the three men had in their possession 26 metal coins of the Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras, a clay vase with a handle, a part of a bronze vase, an intact clay amphora, a bronze cylindrical stem, a bronze curved handle and a circular metal object. In addition, police found a metal detector, while the 63-year old had 7.5 grams of cannabis seeds and small quantities of raw cannabis. The antiquities were seized and handed over to the Grevena Ephorate of Antiquities, while local authorities investigate how and when the three men acquired the items

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Plight of Syrians (video clip)



Searching for Syria – in partnership with Google United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Attempt to Smuggle Coins from Turkey to Russia Foiled




Syrian caught at Şanlıurfa airport boarding a plane to Istanbul on his way to Russia with Roman and Hellenistic coins (article in Turkish)

Now find a dealer that would have had any qualms once they reached the international market  at about buying and then selling on those coins without any paperwork at all showing how they came onto the market. 
 
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