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 (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 elsewhere (than Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and West Africa – Mali and Nigeria) are here.
illicit antiquities trade: subsistence digging, policing, etc.
‘a note on digging antiquities in economic duress‘ (2nd November 2012)
‘Read2books starring Ilyushin Il-76 & Antonov An-12 (bastard planes that piss on my lovely overland smuggling route maps from great height)’ (11th June 2012)
‘ty @brennawalks for @DanielCull on #twigging – tweaking (taking meth/methamphetamine) and digging (looting artefacts)’ (12th May 2012 [8th April 2012])
‘@electricarchaeo hopefully I’ll get to blog on the, shudder, “multi-commodity” trade properly at some point’ (26th March 2012)
‘Why are many countries in #Africa vulnerable to #looting, and how can they defend themselves?’ (24th March 2012)
‘2/2 are antiquities smaller part of org crime than archaeologists think; run separately from other commodities; controlled by alt networks?’ (@samarkeolog, 10th January 2012)
‘*quite* significant > MT @ChasingAphrodit Continued possession of unprovenanced antiquities could be criminal liability’ (6th December 2011 [5th December 2011])
‘Profits from all trafficked forced laborers per year amount to $31.6 billion, thats 5X larger than the annual estimates for art crime’s size’ (@arttheft, 22nd October 2011)
‘MT @ChasingAphrodit b4indicted4conspiracy2traffic, then Getty curator Marion True denounced museum collecting practices‘ (5th October 2011)
‘student activism on illicit antiquities trade’ (28th January 2011)
‘Setting the Price Point for Stolen Art: Noah Charney was interviewed by Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace’ (@ARCA_artcrime, 26th October 2010 – original tweet’s link cut, but ‘Charney argues that the majority of art theft after World War II can be traced to organized crime syndicates, and that the media actually helps set the price point for the black market transfer of high profile works of art’)
Afghanistan: illicit antiquities trade
‘Schøyen Collection’s looted, smuggled Buddhist manuscripts‘ (30th November 2009)
Britain: illicit antiquities trade
‘2/2 cultural imperialists excuse ‘safekeeping’ of illicit antiquities; but safe places vulnerable to theft – &incompetence/negligence – too’ (21st April 2012)
Cambodia: illicit antiquities trade
‘Don’t mention the feet! I mentioned them once, but I think I got away with it. #Cambodia #looting & academic collusion‘ (6th April 2012)
‘scholar to Sotheby’s: statue ‘stolen’, so don’t ‘mention the feet’ (which are still at crime scene) v @ChasingAphrodit’ (5th April 2012)
Egypt: illicit antiquities trade
Security finds antiquities at farmer’s house (Egypt Independent, 8th June 2011) [‘This story shows how the looting of antiquities can overlap with other black-market activities’ (@ChasingAphrodit, 9th June 2011]
Blue Shield Issues Independent Report on Antiquities Situation in Egypt (24th February 2011) [‘At last, an independent, third-party report on archaeological sites in Egypt. Egyptian Museum still being inventoried’ (@CultureGrrl, 24th February 2011]
‘UNESCO calls on art dealers and collectors to be on the alert for stolen Egyptian artefacts‘ (15th February 2011)
‘Fire bombs thrown at protesters and the Egyptian museum as well. The army is trying to put out the fire. #Egypt #Jan25′ (@AJELive, 2nd February 2011)
‘Egyptian Revolution: government thugs looting democracy protesters’ communities, museums’ (31st January 2011)
Sifting through the layers in Egypt (@brennawalks, 30th January 2011) [‘note on Egyptian looting from archaeologist who cut her teeth working there; or, cut other people’s teeth working there’ (31st January 2011)]
‘Does anyone know anyone in customs, borders agency, etc.? They need to be on alert for looted Egyptian antiquities‘ (30th January 2011)
Iraq: illicit antiquities trade
‘Wikileaks Provides Evidence Linking Illicit Iraqi Antiquities to Weapons Sales‘ (@LarryChicago, 25th October 2010)
An inquiry into the provenance of 654 Aramaic incantation bowls delivered into the possession of UCL by, or on the instruction of, Mr Martin Schøyen [‘Wikileaks: Schøyen suppressed, UCL incantation bowls report published’ (12th November 2009)]
‘recently looted UCL Incantation Bowls: suppressed report findings revealed‘ (8th November 2009)
‘Lord Renfrew on UCL incantation bowls’ (30th October 2009)
Israel/Palestine: illicit antiquities trade
‘#pricetag #Israel extremists desecrated Muslim & Christian graves on #dayofatonement #YomKippur @guardiannews‘ (9th October 2011)
‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ collection history, and Schoyen Collection’s history’ (28th November 2009)
Italy: illicit antiquities trade
Libya: illicit antiquities trade
‘Libyan Whispers about looting: twice the churnalists, twice the trouble’ (5th September 2011)
‘Libya: looting claims rejected; propaganda accusations not denied‘ (3rd September 2011)
‘Libya: bombing, looting; lobbying and churnalism‘ (29th August 2011)
Netherlands: illicit antiquities trade
‘#Kunsthal worse than #Olympia RT @MutualArt Rotterdam gallery had no on-site security guards on night of art theft’ (22nd October 2012)
Poland: illicit antiquities trade
‘Auschwitz death camp sign theft: neo-Nazi Anders Hoegstroem jailed’ (31st December 2010)
‘Swedish alleged neo-Nazi and in-it-for-the-money Polish helpers charged with Auschwitz death camp sign theft’ (26th November 2010)
‘Auschwitz sign theft: British neo-Nazi antiquities collector funding Swedish neo-Nazi terrorism’ (4th January 2010)
‘Auschwitz sign theft: illicit antiquities trade funding Swedish neo-Nazi terrorism‘ (30th December 2009)
‘Auschwitz “Arbeit Macht Frei” robbery: right-wing private antiquities collectors?‘ (21st December 2009)
‘Auschwitz sign theft: neo-Nazis, or right-wing private antiquities collectors?‘ (21st December 2009)
‘Auschwitz sign stolen; found’ (21st December 2009)
Sri Lanka: illicit antiquities trade
Harsher punishment for artefact thieves (28th August 2012) [”these are villagers… drawn into [#looting] by some moneyed bosses. It appears that they somehow get away’ #SriLanka’ (1st September 2012)]
Syria: illicit antiquities trade
‘@MattPotter & #Syria regime deal, so their allied gangs might race to loot most quickest; or they might both profit off same antiquities…’ (@samarkeolog, 16th September 2012)
‘&Assad regime is (allegedly) at least antiquities dealing “to pay the shabiha [hired thugs]”‘ (15th September 2012)
‘Free Syrian Army allies (allegedly) building antiquities #looting association to fund revolution against Assad regime’ (15th September 2012)
‘Syrian looter: “War is good for us… We buy antiquities cheap, and then sell weapons expensively.”‘ (@ChasingAphrodit, 13th September 2012 [12th September 2012])
- 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.