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Despite opening to mixed reviews, the final instalment is a classic Indiana Jones caper that doesn’t disappoint.
The Tailban destroyed this Buddha statue dating to the 6th century AD in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in March 2001. The photo on the left was taken in 1977.
AP Photo/Etsuro Kondo, (left photo) and Osamu Semba, both Asahi
From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban outlawed almost all forms of art while looting and destroying museums. With their resurgence, Australia must strengthen measures to stop trafficking of antiquities.
Fragments of Sappho? The 2014 discovery was of five stanzas of one poem and portions of a second.
('Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene,'1864, by Simeon Solomon)
In 2014, reports of a new discovery of Sappho’s poems were remarkable. New research argues the papyrus had a fabricated backstory.
Training museum staff in Iraq in how to mark priceless heritage artefacts using SmartWater.
Archaeologists working with museums in Iraq have protected more than 270,000 artefacts using SmartWater liquid technology.
An Islamic State photo purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in 2015.
Islamic State/Handout via Reuters
Armed conflict in Syria has been a disaster for the area’s cultural heritage. A displaced archaeologist describes what’s being lost.
A Syrian archeologist holds an artifact that was transported to Damascus for safe-keeping during the Syrian Civil War.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
According to a new study, a small portion of a site can yield thousands of objects, adding up to millions of dollars.
There is a surprising amount of support for the destruction of antiquities in the Middle East.
What’s needed is a comprehensive international strategy to combat the illicit trade in antiquities.
Some of the artefacts found after disappearing from the National Museum of Iraq.
Looting of Iraq’s national museum began on April 10, 2003. At least half of the artefacts taken remain missing and disturbingly, the illegal trade in stolen antiquities has grown in the years since.
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Sales of antiquities legally excavated are just as ethically problematic as those likely looted.
Cambodian art produced in the Angkorian period are among the greatest artistic masterpieces of the pre-modern world.
Fake Cambodian sculptures have infiltrated the antiquities market, where they remain unacknowledged and their production continues unabated.
Sian Tiley-Nel, chief curator, University of Pretoria Museums
Treasures from pre-colonial southern Africa were suppressed because they contradicted apartheid’s official history.
Antiquities seized in a raid on Islamic State fighters in Syria were returned to the Iraqi government by the United States.
Profit estimates have ranged from $4 million to $7 billion. But with the Paris attacks costing only $10,000, does a number even matter?
Palmyra’s Temple of Bel, pre-Islamic State.
The robust international laws meant to protect cultural heritage are worth little without real international action.
After witnessing the rise and fall of many empires, the ancient site of Palmyra is under threat from Islamic State.
Conflict involving Islamic State has raised the prospect of the destruction of Palmyra, a World Heritage site in Syria. It’s not the first time the region has been invaded, but it may well be the last.
The Venice of the Sands.
The destruction of Iraq and Syria’s cultural heritage is more than wanton vandalism – it’s a grim political project.
In September, Tony Abbott returned two antique statues to India in the presence of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
EPA/ Government of India
Last week, The Australian reported that 49 artworks had been identified by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) with gaps in their ownership history that could signal they were stolen. Asian antiquities…
This Assyrian winged bull is safe in Chicago, if far from home. How much else is safe?
Iraq has a long and rich heritage, home for thousands of years to mighty empires – Assyria and Babylon, the Abbasid caliphate – that ruled the region once known as Mesopotamia, widely held as the cradle…
Would you like to see a stolen painting, like Schiele’s Portrait of Wally?
As Europe votes on a groundbreaking directive to help facilitate the return of stolen cultural treasures, the United States moves forward with legislation that would prevent claimants from recovering their…
The art and antiquities market is notorious for taking the word of the seller at face value.
The announcement today that the Australian government will return the US$5 million Chola-era Dancing Shiva to India, after months of scandal focused on the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and art dealer…