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					Videos have begun to surface of members of the Islamic State reportedly destroying ancient artifacts from Iraq and Syria, sparking the debate of the international museum community’s responsibility to help protect these objects. The New York Times has written an article discussing this debate.
Members of the Islamic State used sledgehammers on a toppled statue at [...]

    Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities

    Videos have begun to surface of members of the Islamic State reportedly destroying ancient artifacts from Iraq and Syria, sparking the debate of the international museum community’s responsibility to help protect these objects. The New York Times has written an article discussing this debate.
    Members of the Islamic State used sledgehammers on a toppled statue at […]

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					The American Alliance of Museums is conducting an online survey to find out what museum professionals, from a broad range of functions and types of museums, personally think should be included in the definition of these terms. The survey also asks about current museum practice regarding deaccessioning and the use of proceeds. The Alliance’s cross-disciplinary [...]

    AAM Direct Care Task Force

    The American Alliance of Museums is conducting an online survey to find out what museum professionals, from a broad range of functions and types of museums, personally think should be included in the definition of these terms. The survey also asks about current museum practice regarding deaccessioning and the use of proceeds. The Alliance’s cross-disciplinary […]

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					By Jason Felch (via Chasing Aphrodite )
 
In 2005, Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum was offered a rare sculpture of a Seated Buddha carved from red sandstone in the second century. It was from India’s ancient city of Mathura, the second capital of the Kushan empire, and one of only a handful of such sculptures to have appeared on [...]

    The Kushan Buddhas: Nancy Wiener, Douglas Latchford and New Questions about Ancient Buddhas

    By Jason Felch (via Chasing Aphrodite )
     
    In 2005, Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum was offered a rare sculpture of a Seated Buddha carved from red sandstone in the second century. It was from India’s ancient city of Mathura, the second capital of the Kushan empire, and one of only a handful of such sculptures to have appeared on […]

  • American antiquities dealer Robert Hecht died in February 2012 after six decades at the top of the trade in recently looted Classical antiquities. His prolific selling of looted antiquities left many museums wondering what to do with these problematic collections.  At the Haverford College, Hecht's alma mater, they have decided to confront the situation head-on by exhibiting objects, making the issue public.

    Hecht’s Footprints: Haverford College Opens Up About Source of Their Greek Vases

    American antiquities dealer Robert Hecht died in February 2012 after six decades at the top of the trade in recently looted Classical antiquities. His prolific selling of looted antiquities left many museums wondering what to do with these problematic collections. At the Haverford College, Hecht’s alma mater, they have decided to confront the situation head-on by exhibiting objects, making the issue public.

Other News
  • Published October 3rd, this article is about a controversial sale of ancient Egyptian treasures.  The St. Louis chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America intended to auction off a collection of rare Egyptian artifacts because they claimed they could not afford to properly store or preserve them any longer.  Before it could go to public auction, the MET stepped in and bought the pieces to ensure they would be available for the public.

    Auction of Ancient Egyptian Relics Averted

    Published October 3rd, this article is about a controversial sale of ancient Egyptian treasures. The St. Louis chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America intended to auction off a collection of rare Egyptian artifacts because they claimed they could not afford to properly store or preserve them any longer. Before it could go to public auction, the MET stepped in and bought the pieces to ensure they would be available for the public.

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  • Published October 7th, the Greek delegation to UNESCO has asked for the return of the Elgin Marbles once again.  Greece has already made a space for the marbles, if they are returned, and claim the UK can no longer claim that Greece is incapable of caring for the piece.

    Greece Presses for Return of Elgin Marbles

    Published October 7th, the Greek delegation to UNESCO has asked for the return of the Elgin Marbles once again. Greece has already made a space for the marbles, if they are returned, and claim the UK can no longer claim that Greece is incapable of caring for the piece.

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  • Published October 9th, this article discusses a problem faced by a Dutch Museum.  The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam is unsure whether to return loaned objects back to Russian occupied Crimea or hand it over to the Ukrainian government.

    Should Loaned Treasures go to Kyiv or Crimea?

    Published October 9th, this article discusses a problem faced by a Dutch Museum. The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam is unsure whether to return loaned objects back to Russian occupied Crimea or hand it over to the Ukrainian government.

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