Antiquities & Archaeology

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Museums & Heritage

Grand Egyptian Museum pushes full opening to 2020

Egyptian government hopes vast museum near Pyramids of Giza will win back international tourists

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Exhibitions

Assyrian warrior king Ashurbanipal rides into London with treasures in tow

Exhibition at the British Museum includes carved ivories and a recreation of his huge library of cuneiform tablets

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Art market

A record-setting $30.1m sale of an Assyrian relief at Christie's raises red flags

The 31 October sale has prompted calls for repatriation and criticism of the seller, highlighting the gap between art ethics and law

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Qatar

Qatar dynasty’s collection of jewels and antiquities will be shown in the heart of Paris

The Al-Thani collection to be displayed at revamped Hôtel de la Marine over 20 years, in a deal that will help fund the building’s restoration

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Fakes & copies

Museum of the Bible says that five of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are apparently fakes

Tests by German institute show "characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin"

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Ivory

The UK’s imminent law against the trade in ivory is a serious threat to liberties, says former Lord Chief Justice

Civilians will be allowed to enter your house, break open containers and use “reasonable force”

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Exhibitions

Berlin blockbuster: from the world's oldest figurative art to sculptures bombed during the war

Survey at Martin-Gropius-Bau boasts a staggering 1,000 exhibits discovered over the past 20 years in Germany

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Art market

Chinese art and antiquities spared from Trump’s tariffs

Auction houses and art dealers express ‘relief’ even as the US-China trade war escalates

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Video, film & new media

Gael García Bernal’s new film Museo turns Mexico’s biggest art heist into a madcap caper

The Spanish-launguage movie follows two middle-class flunkies who somehow pulled off one the largest antiquities thefts in modern-day history

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Museums

British Museum’s basement of treasures to remain off-limits

Hidden underground galleries closed since 2006 still house £100m Assyrian relief

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Art market

Swiss prosecutor returns 'Mesopotamian' terracotta animal made by dealer's 11-year-old-daughter—along with 5,000 seized antiquities

A further 6,000 items belonging to Ali Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art are still held by authorities in Geneva

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Exhibitions

Art made from Isis bullet hole damage goes on show for first joint UK project between Iraq and Kurdistan

Piers Secunda’s exhibition on destroyed ancient Assyrian objects is part of ongoing attempts to bring peace to a divided region

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Conservation

Syria's Palmyra to be ready for tourists by summer 2019 as cost to rebuild Homs reaches $2bn

Authorities says they have received "good offers from the world powers" to help conserve ancient sites

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Books

Henry I of Haiti: the little-known story of a king and his amazing building spree

A short but fascinating book about a man immortalised through architecture

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Conservation

Conservation starts on Liverpool’s Neolithic stones

The Calderstones are being studied, recorded and restored before their reinstallation

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Books

Potty about pictures: ancient Athenian vases are an important historical resource—but this book fails to deliver

Large gaps in the material and a lack of thorough explanation make this volume less useful than it could be

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Conservation

Turkey's Göbekli Tepe: is this the world’s first architecture?

Scholars say the organisation needed to build the 12,000-year-old temple may mark the beginnings of class society and patriarchy

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Cologne archaeologists unearth oldest library in Germany

The foundation walls contain niches used to store scrolls

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Conservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Art law

Top experts dispute Italian police claims about seized ‘antiquities’

“I cannot imagine where a terracotta life-size horse head could come from in antiquity,” a specialist says

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Museums

Getty says it will appeal Italian court order to return Victorious Youth

An Italian judge has found that the work was discovered in Italian water, despite decades of rulings to the contrary

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Conservation

Eight World Monuments Fund watchlist sites get $1m in grants from American Express

In many cases, the funding will be used to help prevent future damage, including public outreach and scientific research

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India

Indian supreme court verdict could spark new wave of sectarian riots between Hindus and Muslims

Leader of powerful Hindu organisation has threatened nationwide protests if long-awaited ruling "goes against Hindus' faith"

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Art market

Sotheby's sues Greece over its claim to ancient bronze horse

A case of man bites dog: auction house turns the tables on Greek government after it was forced to withdraw the figure from New York sale in May

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Google and the World Monuments Fund highlight Iraqi heritage under threat

Using drone footage, 3D models and videos, the tech giant is working with cultural institutions to make preservation efforts accessible to a larger public

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Saudi Arabia

Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible

Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Man decapitated while fleeing volcano’s destruction of Pompeii

Excavation tells a poignant story of an unfortunate Roman

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Museums

Can a brand new museum boost ancient Nîmes’s Unesco bid?

Musée de la Romanité, dedicated to the city's Roman history, cost almost €60m to build

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Discoveries

Emperor Constantine's giant finger found in the Louvre

Ancient object—initially believed to be a toe—perfectly fits the hand of ancient bronze statue in Rome's Musei Capitolini

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Return Persian antiquity to Iran, New York district attorney says

The dealer it was seized from knew it was stolen, a motion filed with the State’s supreme court alleges. The dealer categorically denies this

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Comment

Why the French can sell arms and culture to Saudi Arabia, but the US and UK only arms

France's latest deal with the Kingdom reveals the close connection between culture and foreign affairs

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Cultural policy

The blueprint for Saudi Arabia's multi-billion-euro project with France

We exclusively reveal the details of the plans for a “historic” collaboration

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Lost art

Lost Art: Homer’s Troy and Priam’s Treasure

Noah Charney shares the stories behind some of art history's most important works—those that we can no longer see

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Loot

Scotland Yard joins global crackdown on looted pharaonic antiquities

The initiative, which involves governments and the art world, will set up a public database of objects

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Thefts

Chinese antiquities stolen in raid on Bath museum

Haul includes precious gold and jade artefacts, which police say may have been stolen to order

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Museums

Antiquity gets a fresh twist at revamped Getty Villa

New displays draw out connections between Graeco-Roman world and ancient Middle East

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Cultural policy

France to help build a 'new Petra' in Saudi Arabia with estimated $20bn development deal

The country is due to sign a massive contract with the kingdom to turn Mada’in Saleh and the Al-Ula region into a cultural tourism destination

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Politics

Palmyra, ancient city or deadly missile? In Russian vote, it was almost both

In an online competition devoid of irony, the archaeological site threatened by destruction was a strong contender for the name of Putin’s new weapon

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Law

Terror victims cannot seize Iranian antiquities, US Supreme Court rules

A 2008 amendment to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not open a foreign nation's assets to claimants, the justices unanimously decided

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Disasters & destruction

'A loss as great as Palmyra': Syrian temple of Ain Dara severely damaged by Turkish forces

Iron Age structure was targeted in campaign against Kurdish separatists

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Law

Hobby Lobby surrenders 245 ancient seals to federal authorities

The company still owes more than 1,700 objects as part of a $3m settlement with the US government

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Antiquities & Archaeology

New York DA’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit starts the new year with double seizures

The newly formed team, led by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos, has been cracking down on ancient art dealers and collectors

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In the frame

Sniffer dogs set to save Syria’s cultural heritage

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Law

Supreme Court hears arguments in claim against Iranian antiquities

Victims of a 1997 suicide attack want to seize ancient Persian tablets from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71m judgment in their favour

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Podcast

Podcast episode 11: antiquities now and Rose Wylie

How is the antiquities trade coping with increased focus on Middle East looting and new approaches to collecting? And Rose Wylie on the pleasures and struggles of painting

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In the frame

Met’s mascot William marks 100 years at the museum

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Museums

Penn Museum unveils multi-phase revamp

University museum will highlight its archaeological expeditions in new galleries

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Exhibitions

Prehistoric Lion Man points towards earliest notions of religion in new British Museum show

Earliest surviving figurative sculpture, carved from mammoth tusk, is among 160 objects in Living with Gods

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Mosaic floor from Caligula’s ship returned to Italy

New York authorities tracked down the object, which was being used as a coffee table by a Manhattan couple, after a photograph appeared in a book on porphyry

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New York

Longstanding Met curator moves to Colnaghi to launch New York gallery

After nearly 30 years at the museum, antiquities expert Carlos Picón will head dealer’s new US venture

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Abu Dhabi

The ruler sheikh who was fascinated by archaeology

The founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, set up an archaeological programme that anticipates the creation of Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Little Pompeii of Vienne is 'most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years'

Ancient settlement was discovered south of Lyon during construction of four apartment blocks