April 18, 2014

Unknown gunmen attacked Chersonesos dig team, rejected Ukrainian excavation licence

Unrelenting bad news: ‘in Sevastopol, near Fiolenta [Bay], unknown persons shot at archaeologists, [who were] leading official excavations [В Севастополе в районе Фиолента неизвестные обстреляли археологов, ведущих официальные раскопки]‘. No-one was injured in the incident, which lasted half an hour(?), but the police investigation will not be able to reach a reassuring conclusion. [There is some hope that the licence was just an excuse. I'm adding the various theories to the end of the post.]
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April 18, 2014

‘No newspaper published this’: organised antiquities crime in Cyprus

Solicitor Christiana O’Connell-Schizas has reported on an Antiquities Bust in Aphrodite’s City (Pafos in Cyprus).
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April 17, 2014

Russian separatists have demanded that Ukrainian Jews register themselves and their property

The Russian separatist administration of Donetsk, or elements within that administration, have ordered Jewish Ukrainians to register themselves, their families and all of their property and other assets.
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April 16, 2014

Ukrainian law on protection of cultural heritage in occupied territory

Obviously, I’m working via machine translation (and back-and-forth machine translation of documents), and the Ukrainian parliament’s website has been dysfunctional, but I believe that I’ve understood the details of Ukraine’s law on the protection of cultural heritage in its occupied territory.
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April 15, 2014

Are Russian ultranationalists attacking Ukrainian cultural property abroad?

On the 5th of April, St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, Canada, burned down. ‘When asked if anyone in the congregation may be worried the blaze was related to the conflict in Ukraine, [Pastor Roman] Galadza said, “Absolutely not. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.“‘(1) Unfortunately, a set of incidents in Canada and the United States suggest that Russian ultranationalists are active.
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April 15, 2014

How might Ukrainian archaeologists protect cultural heritage in annexed Crimea?

This is a simple English summary of Excavation under Annexation: Archaeological Work in Crimea. I want to help archaeologists to think about how to protect cultural property in annexed Ukraine. If I can help anyone, please contact me.
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April 13, 2014

excavation under annexation: archaeological work in Crimea

I have posted a simple English summary of how Ukrainian archaeologists might protect cultural heritage in annexed Crimea. If I can help anyone, please contact me.

These are considerations, not instructions

I want to help Ukrainian archaeologists and their international colleagues to think through the possibilities for cultural heritage management in annexed Crimea. They need to establish guidelines for cultural heritage workers who come from or live in Crimea, ones who come from or live in the rest of Ukraine, and ones who come from abroad.
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April 12, 2014

Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?

Director of the Djulfa Virtual Memorial and Museum, Producer of the New Tears of Araxes and South Caucasus Specialist for Amnesty International, Simon Maghakyan has asked, ‘when does targeting monuments become a human rights abuse [or a crime against humanity]?’ ‘Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?’
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April 10, 2014

Resisting institutional power: the women of St. Barnabas

Visual sociologist Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, museologist Alexandra Bounia and I have published an article on Resisting Institutional Power: the Women of St. Barnabas. All of the hard work was theirs. Any oversights are mine. Since they did do all of the hard work, I feel comfortable saying that it’s an interesting and delicate study of why and how sites of cultural practice (churches) become sites of cultural heritage (museums), and why and how community visitors and museum professionals manage and negotiate the use of such difficult places.
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April 9, 2014

ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has launched its International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods. It is a ‘collaborative platform’ for ‘information and resources’ to support the struggle against the looting and trafficking of cultural property. It’s well-designed and well-made (in terms of content as well as style). But how will it cope with controversial matters?
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