Repatriation

Authorities in New York return 14 looted artefacts valued at $2.5m to Italy, including a black-figure hydria by the renowned Priam Painter

The repatriated artefacts were looted by an international network of “high-profile antiquities traffickers and smugglers, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office

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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

US returns stolen artefact to Palestine as part of investigation into New York collector Michael Steinhardt

The US government has returned a looted ivory spoon in the first repatriation exchange between the two countries

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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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

US officials return antiquities looted from Iraq Museum in 2003

The artefacts, cylinder and stamp seals dating back thousands of years, were seized after a US collector tried to sell one in an online auction

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The Netherlands returns more than 200 pre-Hispanic artefacts to Mexico

In all, 223 pre-Hispanic objects have been repatriated to Mexico by the Dutch government, largely through the power of social media

Secret talks between British Museum and Greece to return Parthenon Marbles in 'advanced stages'

If a deal is finalised, the contested sculptures are expected to be returned to Greece in early 2023, and will be displayed at the Acropolis Museum in Athens

National Museum of Scotland to repatriate looted totem pole

The museum will transfer the totem pole to the Nisga’a Nation of British Columbia

Canada’s museums urged to overhaul practices to empower Indigenous peoples

Country’s museums association says institutions must involve Indigenous people in “every element” of their work

Massachusetts museum repatriates Wounded Knee Massacre artefacts to Lakota and Sioux nations

The Founders Museum, a small institution housed in a library, returned a variety of tribal objects to their rightful owners in South Dakota

Alleged Native American scalp seized from auction house specialised in Confederate and Nazi memorabilia

Authorities received an anonymous tip regarding an object listed for sale on the auction house’s website and described as a Mescalero Apache scalp

Manhattan district attorney returns 187 artefacts tied to disgraced dealer Subhash Kapoor to Pakistan

The objects associated with Kapoor, along with another five pieces returned to Pakistan, were cumulatively valued at $3.4m

Three decades ago, US museums were told to report all Native remains in their collections—so why are they still there?

American institutions have catalogued 208,698 entries since the law went into effect in 1990—but less than half of those holdings have been repatriated

Stolen statue linked to antiquities trafficker Doris Wiener repatriated to Cambodia

The sandstone vishnu statue was stolen from a seventh-century temple and smuggled to Manhattan in 1995, when it was sold to a private collector

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

Trove of Benin bronzes in US museum collections repatriated to Nigeria

The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum marked the return of the sculptures with a ceremony in Washington, DC

London's Wellcome Collection returns remains of death camp victim to Denmark

Research carried out in 2019 helped identify the remains as Preben Holger Larsen, a 26-year-old artist and member of the Danish resistance

FBI returns 2,000-year-old Roman mosaic discovered in Los Angeles to Italy

The mosaic, which features a portrait of Medusa and had been cut into 16 pieces, was returned to Rome by the FBI’s Art Crime Team

‘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

The Metropolitan Museum returns two looted artefacts to Nepal

The two works, given to the museum in the 1990s, were looted from temples in Kathmandu according to recent internal provenance research

National Museum of Scotland urged to return First Nations totem pole stolen by Canadian anthropologist

The pole was stolen in 1929 and, if returned, would be only the second totem pole to be repatriated to a First Nation by a European institution

US museums and Indigenous tribes receive $2m grant to boost repatriation efforts

The National Park Service has awarded grants totaling $2.1m to 20 museums and nine tribes

Oxford and Cambridge universities approve returning 213 looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria

Charity Commission could veto the decision to repatriate objects from Ashmolean Museum and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Pope Francis addresses forced assimilation in Canadian tour amid calls for repatriation of Indigenous artefacts from Vatican Museums

Francis delivered a speech in Maskwacis as part of a week-long visit to apologise for the role of the Catholic church in the cultural genocide of Indigenous communities

Copies of the Parthenon Marbles—carved by a robot—to go on show in London

Project by Oxford’s Institute for Digital Archaeology fuels debate about restitution of controversial sculptures