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Looted archaeological artefacts worth more than $20m returned to Italy

The 60 objects included some that had been on display at the Metropolitan Museum and several that had been bought by billionaire collector Michael Steinhardt

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London National Gallery revamp sets troubling precedent on the preservation of newer heritage sites

Existing plans to redevelop the gallery’s Sainsbury Wing, which will transform its entrance, demonstrate how newer listed buildings are treated with less respect than older heritage sites

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'Scythian gold is at the heart of Russia’s identity war'

Art historian and curator Konstantin Akinsha asserts that Russian attempts to claim succession from the ancient Scythians date back to the 18th century

Groups in Guatemala demand return of Maya throne sent to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guatemalan law prohibits the export of such artefacts for exhibition, local culture organisations say

Vast Pompeii residence unveiled with panel depicting a giant penis

Newly-refurbished home belonged to former slaves who made their wealth in the wine business

US considers rejoining Unesco despite more than $616m membership debt and Israel-Palestine controversies

America left the United Nations heritage organisation in 2019 after its members voted to accept Palestine as a member state

'Lost in limbo': Taliban’s application for Unesco protection of historic Kabul garden still unanswered after a year

United Nations culture organisation has not acknowledged the January 2022 request to add Afghanistan's Bagh-e Babur to the World Heritage List

Conservation of Spanish Armada invasion maps reveals red ink details were added hundreds of years later

Analysis of 16th-century, hand-drawn maps finds that the reds pigments were only available from the late 19th century

US government returns looted sarcophagus to Egypt

A trafficked coffin that may have belonged to an ancient priest has been returned

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Revelations in Cambodia looting scandal name ‘scholar’ at Denver Art Museum as accomplice to disgraced dealer Douglas Latchford

Researcher Emma Bunker aided the notorious looter in sourcing and selling Southeast Asian antiquities

Defying gravity—Leaning Tower of Pisa leans like in the early 19th century

Expert stabilisation plan means the Italian landmark has continued to straighten itself

Museums and heritage in 2022: industrial unrest, climate protests and damage to historic artefacts in Ukraine

New and refurbished museums open in Antwerp, Los Angeles and Sydney as Italian archaeologists make the "discovery of a generation" in a hilltop town in Tuscany

Heritage protection foundation Aliph expands with office in Saudi Arabia

The Geneva-based International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas is to open a second office in 2023 in Riyadh

The archaeological discovery of the century? What the San Casciano bronzes tell us about Roman and Etruscan life

The deposit of perfectly preserved statues in the heart of Tuscany reveals six centuries of cultural and political evolution

How the war in Ukraine reveals the heightened politics of Unesco

Boycotted Russia resigned as chair of the World Heritage Committee last month

First major dig in ancient Iraqi city since Isis destruction unearths ‘significant’ palace door sill

The artefact survived both Nimrud's decimation in 2016 and the fall of the Assyrian empire in the 7th century

Kabul culture project in limbo as Germany withdraws funding

The German government has pulled out from the Kabul Riverfront Transformation project, which was to modernise parts of the city's historic centre and install an art gallery

Looted antiquities returned to Turkey and Italy were seized from New York home of Met trustee Shelby White

An ongoing investigation into White's collection expects to see more objects repatriated in the future

Unpredictable art critic vs hard right minister: Italy’s senior politicians clash over cultural policy

Issues such as free museums and safeguarding heritage are splitting the opinions of two officials in the Brothers of Italy party which swept to power in September

In pictures: journey back in time through the Everglades

An exhibition in Miami of historic photographs marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Florida’s famous Everglades National Park

Venice erects glass barriers around St Mark’s basilica to fight flooding

The decision to keep the Venetian lagoon's barriers open and allow more ships into the port had left the church without protection and vulnerable to water

Should the world resume co-operating with the Taliban on protecting Afghanistan's heritage?

Conservation projects that have been paused due to sanctions on the new government may restart after Unesco intervention

‘Cultural erasure’ in the Caucasus: new satellite imagery shows ongoing destruction of Armenian heritage sites

Images show disappearance of churches and cemeteries in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhchivan regions at the centre of the largely ignored conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Home of Henry Ossawa Tanner—one of the first internationally renowned African American artists—faces demolition

A local grassroots group has begun a fundraising campaign to save a piece of local Black history in North Philadelphia

Former Nottingham Castle chief executive calls for independent investigation as UK heritage site closes to public

Nottinghamshire site central to the Robin Hood legend received £33m in public funding less than a year ago, but is now facing liquidation after being rocked by a series of internal misconduct allegations

Notre Dame's fresh interior—cleaned with controversial latex paste—will deliver a 'shock', restoration chief promises

Conservationists raise concerns that by cleaning the Paris cathedral's fire-damaged interior stonework it will become "artificially bright"

With the threat of cuts, unions get militant in UK museums—and their membership is growing rapidly

Workers are increasingly turning to collective bargaining, industrial action and representation by trade unions

Historic London foundry that made Big Ben's bells could be saved from hotel development

The digital heritage preservation company Factum Foundation and conservation group Re-Form Heritage plan to buy the site and hold it in perpetuity as a working foundry

Third of UK archaeologists in financial crisis, report finds

Survey by British Archaeological Jobs Resource says the average net income within the field is £21,820

Artemisia Gentileschi's nude for Michelangelo's museum was censored—a new restoration project will reveal the original work

"Artemisia UpClose" project at Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, will use state-of-the-art technology to show the original painting