Artefacts

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Peru

Peru’s heritage gets a new $125m home

Museo Nacional del Perú (Muna) boasts a collection of nearly 50,000 Pre- Columbian objects, including repatriated artefacts

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Archaeology

Machu Picchu may be decades older than previously thought

Radiocarbon dating of human bones and teeth in Peruvian ruins indicate that the Inca first lived at the citadel around 1420, not after 1440

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Smuggling

New York investigators hand over 27 smuggled art objects valued at $3.8m to Cambodia

Charges are pending against two New York-based antiquities dealers linked to the objects

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Lawsuits

Hobby Lobby files $7m lawsuit against former Oxford professor over allegedly stolen papyrus fragments he sold

The crafts chain, which bought them for its Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, says the seller lied about the biblical objects’ provenance

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Repatriation

US hands over two stolen ancient lintels to Thailand after retrieving them from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Dating from the ninth and tenth centuries, the objects are thought to have been looted from sacred sites in the late 1960s

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Smuggling

US returns over 500 smuggled pre-Hispanic-era artefacts to Mexican officials

Tools and other objects were discovered in a national park in southwest Texas, triggering an inquiry

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Antiquities trafficking

After outcry from antiquities trade, Unesco further adjusts ad campaign on looted artefacts

Dealers association challenged the campaign’s claims that two newly pictured objects were stolen

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Repatriation

US presses for return of two Thai lintels from Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to Thailand

Federal attorneys file a civil complaint, but museum says repatriation was already in the works

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German Museums

Germany to create central digital platform for museum objects acquired in colonial context

Measures agreed by government and states include a set of common standards for digital registers

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Unesco

“Catalogue of the National Museum of Afghanistan”: recording and illustrating key objects in the Kabul Museum

Unesco has published a record of the 1,600 objects acquired by the institution between 1931 and 1985

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Art crime

Getty curator could escape charges on a technicality

Marion True faces charges of conspiring to receive illicitly excavated artefacts

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Moral guidelines for archaeology

New rules and guidelines for archaeologists around the world.