Partly to help me (publicly) archive material from before my @conflictantiq Twitter feed on looting and destruction of cultural and community property, partly to help me clarify (for myself) what I want to document on it, I’ve copied-and-pasted(-and-hyperlinked) the (immediately or otherwise) relevant material from my @samarkeolog Twitter feed (primarily on professional, Balkan and Mediterranean matters).
It was a huge time sink; but I am utterly dedicated to uneconomic(al) activity.
@samarkeolog tweets on the illicit antiquities trade in Greece are here.
Greece: illicit antiquities trade
‘#Olympia #museum #robbery evidence suggests that the “mastermind” had at least one equal partner-in-crime’ (29th November 2012)
‘#Olympia #museum #robbery suspects remanded; plead #poverty, #crisis in #Greece‘ (29th November 2012)
‘aside: there was false hope of solving Olympia museum robbery case in October (and July, May, April, March, February)’ (29th November 2012)
‘#Olympia #museum #robbery update: five suspects, all #Patra Greeks; ‘mastermind’ sold lighters on a bench in #Athens‘ (24th November 2012)
‘Olympia museum robbery: three local, Greek suspects arrested in police sting’ (24th November 2012)
‘INTERPOL has initiated an “operation to try to recover” artefacts stolen in Olympia museum robbery’ (25th July 2012)
‘Greek police have new evidence on the Olympia museum robbery; I have new questions’ (10th May 2012)
‘@teacherdude but given the Greek police (still) don’t even have the right photos in their appeal for info, I don’t have much hope’ (4th April 2012)
‘@teacherdude *if* they were smuggled to Switzerland, they might still be there (because of the way stolen property’s legalised)’ (4th April 2012)
‘#Greece police search #Switzerland for artefacts stolen from #Olympia museum, seemingly without success’ (2nd April 2012)
‘#Greece MP requested & got pro bono (free) private security equipment&training for #Olympia museum v @lioutastasos‘ (7th March 2012)
‘@artcrimeHQ acc2media Olympic robbers wore face paint&ski masks; used crowbars/hammers/slegehammers/guns&AKs; IDed by DNA&prints/not… (7th March 2012)
‘@artcrimeHQ sorry, I didn’t see your reply or get notification of it. Yeah, amount of contradictory information is mad(dening)!’ (7th March 2012)
‘rumour wrong: artefacts stolen from #Olympia museum NOT found in case of 44-member antiquities gang #Greece’ (5th March 2012)
‘claim that police found Olympic museum artefacts during 44 dealers’ arrests not proved, not corroborated‘ (5th March 2012)
‘I should’ve tagged that differently: #UK, #Germany & #Switzerland illicit antiquities markets drive #looting in #Greece’ (4th March 2012)
‘#Greece update: 44 #illicit #antiquities dealers arrested; artefacts listed; smuggled&sold in UK, Germany, Switzerland’ (4th March 2012)
‘police have arrested at least 36 #illicit #antiquities dealers, with thousands of coins, in #Greece’ (4th March 2012)
‘thirty-five! MT @PolicingthePast 35 arrested in #Greece w’ stolen antiquities; thousands of ancient coins’ (3rd March 2012 – tweet’s link cut)
‘Beschreibungen der 77 Artefakte aus Museum für die Geschichte der Olympischen Spiele, Olympia, Griechenland gewohlen‘ (25th February 2012)
‘descriptions de la 77 objets anciens qui ont été volés du Musée de l’Histoire des Jeux Olympiques, Olympie, Grèce’ (25th February 2012)
‘I’m exasperated by contradictory comments&reports on #Olympia museum robbery, but I think I’ve got them all now. New overview after a kip!’ (25th February 2012)
‘up-to-date on #Olympia museum robbery: Albanian detained; as predicted, opportunistic crime, not professional heist’ (24th February 2012)
‘@teacherdude hence him being suspected of being in a gang suspected of robbing jewellery shops, thus suspected of robbing museum as well…’ (24th February 2012)
‘.@teacherdude I won’t be surprised if terrified woman who’s had gun pointed at her,&has been assaulted, IDs police’s suspect (by his eyes!?)’ (24th February 2012)
‘BREAKING? Police detain suspect for Olympia museum robbery’ (24th February 2012)
‘@AntiDraseis thank you. (In a while) I’m going to insert some punctuation to make it easier to Google Translate into other languages’ (22nd February 2012)
‘#22fgr αν η κλοπή από μουσείο στην Ολυμπία ήταν επαγγελματική, για διεθνές εμπόριο, γιατί ΕΓΏ έπρεπε να μεταφράσω τη περίγραφη αντικειμένων;’ (22nd February 2012)
‘Olympic Museum robbery: a professional heist for stuff that was not in the museum…?’ (22nd February 2012)
‘@jrstrang English translation of list of Olympic Museum’s stolen artefacts & photo records‘ (21st February 2012)
‘photo records of the 77 #archaeology artefacts stolen from Olympic Museum, Olympia, #Greece’ (21st February 2012)
‘translation: English-language descriptions of 77 artefacts stolen from Museum of the History of the Olympic Games’ (21st February 2012)
‘Olympia museum robbery update: Police say professional heist; Culture Ministry say unprofessional holdup (more later)’ (21st February 2012)
‘update on Olympia museum robbery: Culture Ministry has published descriptions&photographs of stolen artefacts‘ (21st February 2012)
‘#Μουσειο, #Ολυμπια, #Ελλαδα: νέες λεπτομέρειες σχετικά με ληστεία, αναπάντητα ερωτήματα, οικονομία και ασφάλεια #κριση’ (18th February 2012)
‘@c_katsari only stolen artefact I’ve seen described in detail was a gold ring seal with a depiction of a bull-leaping (taurokathapsion) :(‘ (18th February 2012)
‘#Olympia #Museum update: new details on robbery; unanswered questions; economy & security in #Greece #crisis’ (18th February 2012)
‘Imagine, Mega TV news (and maybe others) puts the story of two ex-Laos clowns joining New Democracy ahead of the robbery at Olympia’ (@damomac, 17th February 2012)
‘#archaeology update on #Olympia #Museum robbery, #Greece: Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos has resigned’ (17th February 2012)
‘The dark cultural underbelly of the Greek economic crisis. Unguarded archaeological sites = increase in looted…’ (@ChasingAphrodit, 25th June 2011)
‘Greece: Albanian, Greek drugs, arms, antiquities smuggling‘ (1st January 2011)
- I didn’t include ambiguous tweets, mid-event tweets, etc.
- I removed incomplete sentences added by automatic tweet generators.
- I converted in-tweet links into hyperlinked text.
- I didn’t provide the permalink to my own tweets of links, because it would’ve meant a flood of unnecessary links and “@samarkeolog”s (and swallowed even more time).
- Because my early tweets’ links weren’t clickable, I copied-and-pasted all of the tweets themselves (rather than links for embedding), but it’s far, far too time-consuming to continue to do that.