Antiquities & Archaeology

Facebook and Instagram ban trading of historical artefacts

Heritage group Athar were part of a campaign highlighting the social media giants' “black market in antiquities”

Treasure chest filled with $2m in gold and gems found in the Rocky Mountains after ten years of searching

The eccentric antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn dropped clues to find the fortune in a poem and at least five people died looking for it

Mining company Rio Tinto apologises for destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site

Blasting of two ancient rock shelters at Juukan Gorge was authorised in 2013 by Western Australia state government

How Germany’s 4,000-year-old answer to Stonehenge shows that Brexit is 'nonsense'

Pömmelte, sacred site that was used by the ancient Unetice culture, is opening up to tourists

Hobby Lobby sues Christie’s for selling it an antiquity authorities say was looted

The auction house knew that the provenance of an ancient cuneiform tablet inscribed with the Epic of Gilgamesh was made up, lawsuit claims

International crackdown on art trafficking leads to 101 arrested and 19,000 artefacts recovered

Interpol says the operation spanned 103 countries and that objects ranged from coins to paintings to fossils

Online antiquities smugglers are taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis

Heritage watchdog sees rise in posts from trafficking groups on Facebook

Unesco denounces construction project near Lebanon's ancient archaeological site Nahr El-Kalb

In an open letter, the organisation criticises building work in the historic area, which is on the nomination list to become a World Heritage site

Major Pompeii show in San Francisco delayed as key loans remain in Italy during lockdown

The Legion of Honor, which relies heavily on exhibition revenue, hopes to present the show later this spring

Relics in Kent church are remains of 1,400-year old Anglo Saxon princess, carbon dating suggests

If confirmed, Eanswythe's bones are the earliest identified remains of an English saint

What can mysterious markings in stone teach us about British art?

Research for a new book begins with a pilgrimage to find prehistoric rock art in northern England

Archaeologist launches private bid to retrieve priceless Egyptian treasures from European museums

Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian minister of antiquities, corrals international team of experts to press institutions for return of important artefacts

Penn Museum hands over fragments of 387 ancient clay tablets to Iraqi Embassy

Archaeologists say the tablets, unearthed nearly a century ago, are akin to receipts

Troy meets world: London show reconciles myth and reality of ancient city

British Museum exhibition will display work inspired by epic stories alongside artefacts from 19th-century archaeological excavations

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Egypt cracks down on 'thuggish acts' against antiquities and archaeological sites

A new article implements harsher fines and imprisonment for abusing archaeological sites and museums and smuggling antiquities out of the country

Opening new galleries and showcasing its sphinx, Penn Museum rebrands its image

Museum at the University of Pennsylvania will open 10,000 sq. ft of reimagined spaces

Abuse of diplomatic privilege? How missing art has been linked to embassy officials

Recent cases involving stolen art have raised questions over the behaviour of diplomats

Mediafeature

From 'piecemealing' medievalist to TV darling: how Janina Ramirez is championing slow media about culture

The shows Raiders of the Lost Past and Handmade in Bolton on the BBC and the scholar's popular podcast reflect a thirst for in-depth knowledge

Invoking his own great-grandfather, an artist considers the fragmented history of Syrian artefacts

A Met exhibition explores fraught acquisitions in museum collections with the aim of kickstarting new conversations

King Tut show on track to become one of the most popular art exhibitions ever in the UK—and the most expensive

Peak adult tickets for the travelling exhibition opening at the Saatchi Gallery in London this week will cost £37.40

Fresco of two fighting gladiators discovered in Pompeii

Italy's culture minister Dario Franceschini says the find shows the site is an "inexhaustible mine for archaeological research"

Louvre director plots great collections reshuffle

In an exclusive interview, Jean-Luc Martinez reveals his big plans for the museum and why 250,000 objects must leave Paris

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Italy sues for return of antique pottery which they claim to own under national law because they are objects of archaeological interest.

The US has filed a complaint in a federal district court to determine who owns 230 antiquities produced in ancient Italian pottery workshops

The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology provides a revolution in Chinese history

265 works discovered by Chinese archaeologists, mostly over the last twenty-five years, are on loan in an exhibition that shows why the textbooks have had to be rewritten.

Park Service report warns that Trump's border fence could harm archaeological sites

Experts worry that artefacts would be in peril if a 30-ft-high steel barrier is built

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Drawing with the ashes of Isis-ravaged buildings: Piers Secunda on the art of destruction

Artist’s works on iconoclasm in Mosul are currently on show at the Imperial War Museum in London

Stolen artefacts from 'prolific art smuggler' returned to India

Objects are reportedly linked to antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor who is facing criminal charges in the US