THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM   Excerpt from: The Art News Paper,  30 August 2016 by SILVIA MAZZA, HANNAH MCGIVERN The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), a gateway to the history of the pharaohs under construction outside Cairo, is attempting to do the impossible: hold its own next to the pyramids of Giza. Egypt’s ministry of

Etruscan Sarcophagi

From APOLLO 24 August 2016: What can two Etruscan sarcophagi teach us about ourselves? Phoebe Segal 24 AUGUST 2016 Sarcophagus and lid with portraits of husband and wife (detail; late 4th–early 3rd century BC), Etruscan; Volcanic tuff.   Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston In recent years, as the museum world has pursued a


  from: THE ART NEWS PAPER DAILY, 24-08-2016   Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s director general of antiquities and museums NEWS Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says In a wide-ranging interview, Maamoun Abdulkarim discussed the realities of illegal trafficking, restoration efforts in Palmyra and his concerns over destruction


German Parliament passes controversial law to protect cultural heritage German culture minister Monika Grütters, speaking here at last year’s Art in Karlsruhe exhibition, has forged ahead with the controversial reform. The German upper house of parliament today (8 July) passed a law aimed at tackling illegal trafficking in looted antiquities and protecting German national heritage,

Will Palmyra Rise Again?

  From Apollo Magazine, London, Jan 8, 2016     A 3D-rendering of the archway of the Temple of Bel, Palmyra, created by the Institute for Digital Archaeology Reconstructing Syria’s heritage is a hopeful but distant dream AVERIL CAMERON The news that a 3D-printed replica of the arch of the Temple of Bel at Palmyra