Antiquities & Archaeology

Mexico condemns European auction houses’ sales of pre-Hispanic archaeological artefacts

The National Institute of Anthropology and History has recently accused two auction houses of holding problematic—yet not illegal—sales of historic objects

Chinanews

Trove of terracotta figurines discovered in ancient Chinese tomb

An archaeological team from the Datong Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology has unearthed a trove of well-preserved figures that provide a glimpse at life in the region 1,500 years ago

'A discovery that will rewrite history': 24 exceptionally well preserved bronzes unearthed by archaeologists in Tuscany

The artefacts, found at ancient Roman baths, are among the most “significant bronzes ever produced in the history of the ancient Mediterranean”

'In 100 years, all these antiquities will be gone': as Cop27 opens in Egypt, climate crisis is still taboo subject at art and heritage institutions

As the latest UN Climate Change Conference opens in Egypt, art institutions have yet to take the climate lessons to heart

Anthropologist opposed to Indigenous repatriation sues university for alleged threats to her free speech

Professor Elizabeth Weiss has filed a lawsuit against San José State University claiming she was disciplined for expressing her view that repatriation favours religion over science

Greek artefacts from American billionaire's collection will be returned pending exchange agreement

The artefacts could be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before traveling to Athens

US customs agents seize Ancient Egyptian lid for mummy liver

The artefact, seized in Memphis, Tennessee, was en route to a collector who is believed to have falsified statements regarding its value

Shipwrecks ahoy? Unesco's underwater mission scours sea bed off Italy for archaeological treasures

A dozen marine archaeologists are currently searching in an area that was once one of the busiest maritime routes in the world

Republicans in Utah sue Biden administration over protection of national monuments

The state has issued a lawsuit against Biden’s overturning of a Trump-era decision to open protected lands in the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to resource extraction

‘Return Rosetta Stone to Egypt’ demands country’s leading archaeologist Zahi Hawass

The former Egyptian antiquities minister leans into the current restitution conversation, calling again for the return of three prized antiquities from European museums

Archaeologists uncover ancient city and hundreds of artefacts close to Baghdad

Scholar says the new discovery is "significant" as 233 objects are sent to the Iraq Museum

Previously undetected Buddha discovered in 16th-century ‘magic mirror’ after curator shines light on it

Image was uncovered in what was thought to be an ordinary handheld mirror in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s East Asian collection

Ancient sculpture likely tied to ritual human sacrifice discovered in Peru

The well-preserved statue is one of the oldest artefacts discovered in the Chan Chan archaeological site

Indigenous tribes will co-manage Utah’s long-contested Bears Ears National Monument

The governance and size of the monument have been disputed for years, and Utah Republicans are still trying to block president Biden's 2021 expansion of its boundaries

Midwestern man charged for illegally excavating Indigenous artefacts

The man and others excavated a densely concentrated archaeological site in the Harry S. Truman State Park in Missouri

Looted Maya frieze once offered to the Metropolitan Museum will be fully restored

The elaborate temple relief, now held by the Museo Nacional de Antropología, was extracted from the Maya jungle in the 1960s and offered to the Met for $400,000

Archaeologists unearth sprawling Maya metropolis in the Yucatán

The discovery comes on the heels of the contentious Maya Train development in the area, one section of which was temporarily suspended this week

Mexican government opens public consultation on controversial Maya Train

The announcement follows protests claiming the Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has rushed the development of the touristic train connecting archaeological sites in the Yucatán

FBI repatriates smuggled artefacts, artworks and other objects to Peru

The returned objects include artefacts from the collection of amateur archaeologist Donald Miller, the subject of a high-profile raid in 2014

Iraqnews

Iraq Museum in Baghdad reopens after three-year hiatus

Treasure trove of ancient Mesopotamian heritage—ransacked after 2003 Iraq invasion—was closed during anti-government protests in 2019

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Sculptures vandalised by Isis return to ancient city of Hatra after restoration

Artefacts had been "smashed into pieces" by Isis militants when they occupied the Unesco World Heritage site as a training camp

Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo '99%' ready as contractor promises 'theatrical' Tutankhamun gallery

Egyptian government officials say the long-awaited antiquities museum near the Pyramids of Giza will probably open in November this year

Libyanews

Major exhibition in Libya aims to prepare for a surge of archaeological activity once political stability returns

As the two countries look to rekindle historical bonds, a new show shines a light on an archaeological partnership spanning more than a century

'End BP sponsorship of British Museum': 90 heritage professionals sign open letter against oil giant

Archaeologists and museum professionals "urge" institution to cut ties with British Petroleum company

Thousands of ancient burial sites and cultural artefacts discovered along new Mexican rail line

Indigenous groups have protested against the Maya train line long before archeologists identified artefacts in impact report

Italian mayor launches underwater excavation to find third Riace bronze

Town of Riace is planning a museum, while a new investigation hopes to confirm whether there are more ancient Greek statues to be found

Obsidian spirit mirror used by John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s court astrologer, has Aztec origins

Now housed in the British Museum’s Enlightenment Galleries, the mystical object used for occult investigations matches samples found in Mexico, researchers find

Antiquities trade should prepare for more government oversight

US Treasury Department issues a call for input on forthcoming regulation that aims to counter money laundering

German auction of Latin American antiquities goes ahead, but many works fail to sell

Ambassadors from eight countries—Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Peru—whose heritage was included in the sale launched a united front against it, with calls for Unesco to intervene