Unesco under fire

Unesco under fire for using Met objects in anti-trafficking campaign Advertisements said that the works were recently looted, but Met documentation shows that they have a much longer provenance NANCY KENNEY 13th November 2020 20:28 GMT trafficked art. UNESCO has pulled back images from an advertising campaign intended to highlight international trafficking in looted artefacts


A Band of Illegal Gold Miners Have Completely Destroyed an Ancient Kush Settlement in Sudan Archaeologists found the excavation site unrecognizable. Sarah Cascone, August 26, 2020 Archaeologist Habab Idriss Ahmed, right, and Mahmoud al-Tayeb, inspect stones at Jabal Maragha in the desert of Bayoudas. Photo by Ebrahim HAMID/AFP/Getty Images. Jabal Maragha, an ancient archaeological site in


From The Art News Paper, August 5, 2020 Origins of Stonehenge’s giant slabs revealed in new research Sample taken in 1958 was key in discovering ancient site’s “geochemical fingerprint” GARETH HARRIS 31st July 2020 photo: Sally Wilson THE MYSTERY OF WHERE STONEHENGE’S GIANT SLABS CAME FROM MAY NOW BE SOLVED Scientists at the university of


Extent of trade in looted antiquities is exaggerated, report claims New research conducted by US non-profit RAND suggests illicit market is less extensive and organised than is commonly believed RIAH PRYOR 27th July 2020 © Ap Photo/Samir Mizban colonel Matthew Bogdanos (left) and former Iraqi opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi at Iraq’s national museum in 2003 A

Biennale Venice

From Art News Paper Daily, May 19, 2020 By Gareth Harris VENICE ART BEIENNALE The Venice Biennale will now take place 23 April to 27 November 2022 Following the decision by biennial officials to postpone the Architecture Biennale until May 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The world’s most prestigious biennial was initially due to

IADAA Newsletter May 2020

BM fake claytablets RAND Corporation report demolishes current thinking on antiquities trafficking A major report by one of the most respected independent research organisations in the United States claims that current thinking on the trafficking of antiquities is mostly wrong. Its findings have prompted it to propose a radical change in direction in the search

Four Ancient Sphinxes moved from Karnak to Cairo

Art World, Artnet News, May 8, 2020 Ram-headed sphinxes at the Karnak temple complex. Photo: DeAgostini/Getty Images. Egyptian Tourism Officials Just Moved Four Ancient Sphinxes to a Tahrir Square Roundabout—and Archaeologists Are Horrified The heat and air pollution in the capital city are threats to the artifacts, experts say. In an attempt to boost tourism

EU’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive

ex Newsletter IADAA, January 2020 Combatting Money Laundering in the Art Trade: Changes for Europe and the UK Institute of Art & Law: January 10: With the government in ‘purdah’ during the run-up to the UK General Election, businesses found themselves facing the prospect of imminent enforcement of far-reaching new anti-money laundering legislation without knowing