Repatriation

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

Artefacts long held by the Smithsonian will go on view at new Mi’ kmaw cultural centre in Nova Scotia

The $50m centre is scheduled to open in 2025 and showcase works on long-term loan from the National Museum of the American Indian

Canadian First Nation calls for portion of controversial $789m museum budget to be spent repatriating Indigenous artefacts

The province’s enormous expenditure to rebuild the Royal British Columbia Museum should include funding repatriation efforts, the Tseshaht First Nation says

Leaked report reveals Harvard holds remains of nearly 7,000 Indigenous and 20 enslaved people

The unfinalised report is being developed by a steering committee formed last year to address repatriation concerns at the Ivy League university

What has happened to France’s grand plans to return Africa's heritage?

Five years ago President Macron took the museum world by surprise when he announced a then-revolutionary restitution plan. Now the country’s politicians are at odds about how to implement it

Britain's Royal Albert Memorial Museum returns artefacts to Siksika First Nation

Exeter museum has held various objects belonging to the 19th-century Blackfoot leader Chief Crowfoot since 1878

Smithsonian adopts new ‘ethical returns policy’ to handle artefacts with problematic histories

The new policy, adopted by all Smithsonian museums on 29 April, will allow each institution to tailor it to their particular collections and provenance considerations

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

Massachusetts museum accused of hoarding Indigenous artefacts and human remains for decades

The Barre Museum is said to hold the largest collection of Lakota objects and human remains from the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre

Stolen Nepalese temple artefacts found at London gallery returned in embassy ceremony

The artefacts, from the 16th and 18th centuries, were discovered in Barakat Gallery and were voluntarily handed over to police

Pre-Columbian stone artefacts smuggled into Puerto Rico are repatriated to the Dominican Republic

The 12 archaeological objects were seized from a passenger arriving in Puerto Rico by ferry in 2013; they had previously sold in an online auction

US revises law governing repatriation of Indigenous remains and burial objects

The effort, conducted in consultation with Native American tribes and nations, would enable greater enforcement of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

The US and Nigeria sign cultural property agreement

The five-year memorandum of understanding comes at a moment when Nigeria is taking increasingly proactive measures to secure its patrimony and recover artefacts that were looted and stolen

UC Berkeley returns Wiyot human remains and burial objects

The university still holds one of the largest collections of Indigenous human remains and sacred objects in the US

US customs agents return ancient cuneiform writing implements to Iraq

The millennia-old prism and tablet were found to lack proper paperwork—one after its owner’s death, the other following an online auction

Indigenous man allegedly fired for refusing to discard bones and artefacts unearthed at Texas construction site

The San Antonio-based chef and site manager was dismissed after being instructed to destroy the discoveries to avoid delaying the renovation of a restaurant

Hamburg shows its Benin artefacts before restituting them to Nigeria

Ethnological museum in the port city has one of Germany's largest collections of Benin treasures

Malinews

US customs officials return more than 900 stolen artefacts to Mali

The objects, which include vessels and funerary urns, where intercepted in Houston in 2009 then sat in limbo for years

The Met repatriates looted Benin works

Two 16th century brass plaques and a 14th century Ife head have been returned to Nigeria

Petition calls on Christie’s to return sacred Taino artefacts to Indigenous lands

Some artefacts in Christie’s Pre-Columbian Art & Taino Masterworks sale on 10 November in Paris are estimated to sell for up to £250,000

Looted Gilgamesh tablet returned to Iraq

The ancient cuneiform, once fated to be displayed at the Museum of the Bible, was sold by Christie’s for $1.7m to the owners of the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby