Repatriation

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Law

California may grant repatriation rights to unrecognised Native American tribes

A new state bill expands federal rights for Indigenous groups to reclaim human remains, burial objects and other sacred artefacts from institutions

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Repatriation

Digital Benin: a milestone on the long, slow journey to restitution

When British troops plundered the Royal Palace of Benin in the 19th century, at least 3,000 objects were dispersed internationally. A new online database is bringing them together

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Restitution

New guidelines for UK museums will kickstart nation's long-overdue restitution debate

Arts Council England will release a document that addresses the ethical and practical issues around restituting cultural objects, planned for autumn 2020

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Repatriation

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

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Repatriation

'A major step forward for Britain’s colonial museums': Manchester Museum returns objects to Indigenous Australians

Move might pave the way for repatriation of sacred artefacts from other UK institutions

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Colonial art

German states establish help desk to handle artefacts acquired in colonial era

An open letter from scholars and curators, including Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr, demands greater transparency on collections

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Smuggling

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

Analysis
The Year In Review

2018 in museums: big ethics questions dominate the field

Museums are facing greater scrutiny over sponsorship and the artists they choose to display

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Art market

Auction house pulls seven objects from American Indian sale amid protests

Native American official calls planned auction of the items “unconscionable”

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Restitution

German museum returns tattooed Maori skull to New Zealand

The preserved head was held in Cologne's Rautenstrauch Joest Museum of world cultures for 110 years

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Mosaic floor from Caligula’s ship returned to Italy

New York authorities tracked down the object, which was being used as a coffee table by a Manhattan couple, after a photograph appeared in a book on porphyry

Archive
Restitution

Books: A history of the development of an international restitution ethic

Giving things back—the how, when, where and why

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Zahi Hawass

“This mask belongs to Egypt”: Zahi Hawass demands repatriation of ancient Saqqara mask

Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, is asking the St Louis Art Museum to return an supposedly looted antiquity

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Cambodia

British auction houses develop ties with Cambodia

Sotheby's and Christie'shave been working with Cambodian authorities and organisations in the art world

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Restitution

Oh, what potlatch: Harriman plunder returned to Alaska after a century

To great tribal feasting, five American museums have returned totem poles stolen from an Alaskan tribe in 1899

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Restitution

Julian Spalding on Glasgow's return of the Sioux Ghost Dance shirt: Is restitution always right?

Political considerations, not humane motives or conservation considerations, were behind the Glasgow Museums’ recent return of the Sioux artefact, says former director

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Restitution

MPs would return the Elgin Marbles: Debates on museum policies concerning restitution requests continue

Restitution guidelines in the UK are changing with the times, but the marbles remain with the British Museum for now