Category Archives: In the News

News Roundup: Potential Change in Dig Rules in Turkey, and Egyptian Artifacts as Political Pawns

In its October issue, Science Magazine reports that “Archaeologists Alarmed by Turkey’s Proposed Dig Rules.” Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry is considering implementing rules that could require that excavation seasons last at least 4 months and that a Turkish co-director be appointed for each dig. The full story is at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/326/5952/510-a .
And, the New York Times featured an article entitled “When Ancient Artifacts Become Political Pawns”, published October 23rd, examining Egypt’s demand that the Neues Museum in Germany return a bust of Nefertiti. For the full story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/arts/design/24abroad.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 .

News Round-Up: Artifacts “Sting” in Utah and a “Hot-Pot” Returns to Italy

Two bits of looting news are making today’s headlines. National Public Radio has been following the story of two-year federal sting aimed at a black market in ancient Native American artifacts. Read or listen to the latest at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106376598.
And today’s New York Times features a story by Michael Kimmelman on the sixth-century B.C. red-figure krater by the Greek artist Euphronios, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently returned to Italy and which is now on display at Villa Giulia in Rome. For the full story, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/arts/design/08abroad.html?th&emc=th.