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Egypt: the boutique business of looting and smuggling antiquities in conflict

As yet, Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiquities Squad (AAS) don’t know ‘how these objects left Egypt, how the seller came to possess them [or] who his accomplices are’; but they have arrested a ‘UK-based businessman on suspicion of looting‘.

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Macedonia: international antiquities looting gang – the Serbian connection

Macedonian police have raided 23 homes and businesses, and arrested 17 people who are suspected of being members of an antiquities looting gang who had looted archaeological sites and robbed churches, including two state museum employees and one police officer.

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Greece: arrest of metal-detecting antiquities looter in Sithonia, Halkidiki

Greek police arrested a 25-year-old man as an antiquities looter (αρχαιοκάπηλος); they arrested him on suspicion of looting antiquities (and thereby violating the Law on Antiquities and Cultural Heritage). They found 53 small artefacts of various designs and shapes, 45 ancient coins (of various sizes and images, 1 of silver, 44 of other metals) and a metal detector in his home in Sithonia, Halkidiki. There are no more details yet.


Iraq: ‘archaeological treasures are important, but human life is more important’ – planned end to death penalty

The Iraqi Parliamentary Committee on Tourism and Antiquities has drafted a new law for the protection of cultural property, which targets the looting and theft of antiquities and artefacts, and the illicit trade in cultural goods. The most significant and most heartening news is that they plan to end the death penalty for stealing, smuggling and dealing in illicit antiquities.

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Libya: looting claims rejected; propaganda accusations not denied

I had already blogged my distrust of the claims of an archaeological crisis in Libya: Bombing, Looting; Lobbying and Churnalism. Now, Andrew Lawler has reported ‘Claims of Mass Libyan Looting Rejected by Archaeologists‘ in Science magazine. I’ve also found a Russian TV interview with Nikolai Sologubovsky, in which he does not deny propagandising for the Gaddafi regime.

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Libya: bombing, looting; lobbying and churnalism

In the Hindu, journalist Vladimir Radyuhin has reported ‘massive looting of ancient artefacts underway in Libya’. The Hindu has also republished Radyuhin’s (very slightly reworded) news article as an op-ed (opinion) piece, warning that ‘Libyan cultural heritage [is] in danger of going the Iraqi way’.

Radyuhin’s source was ‘a Russian expert on West Asia’, ‘scholar’, ‘orientalist, writer and film maker’ Nikolai Sologubovsky, who had ‘spent several months [April-July] in Libya this year as a correspondent for a Moscow tabloid’.  (Elsewhere, Iranian Press TV journalist Svetlana Tikhomirova credited Nikolay Sologubovsky as a photographer.)

But Radyuhin’s article seems to be churnalism; and the polite word for Sologubovsky’s work would be “lobbying” (while another would be “propaganda”)…

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Cultural Heritage Work in Cyprus: DPhil thesis – electronic publication

My DPhil thesis, Interrogating Archaeological Ethics in Conflict Zones: Cultural Heritage Work in Cyprus, has been electronically published.

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