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CCP has a new website – Cultural Property News!

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CCP has a new website –  Cultural Property News!

CCP has a new website –  Cultural Property News! Check out our new cultural Property News website! You’ll find art world news, reports on cultural policy, museums, exhibitions, the market, media, technology, archaeology and scientific discoveries. This month: news on innovative museum programs for refugees, tracking environmental impact on heritage, what’s behind a slew of NY seizures, a Red List for Yemen, Turkey’s bombing of a great Syro-Hittite monument, muscles and mythical monsters in ‘classical’ movies, emergency heritage responders tackling floods and hurricanes, the mystery disease that killed millions of Aztecs, how a parish priest sold a famous reliquary, and a museum in the Southwest that couldn’t beat the heat! Follow this link to more Cultural Property News! Cultural Property…

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Major Getty Paper Challenges Cultural Heritage Policies

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Major Getty Paper Challenges Cultural Heritage Policies

January 4, 2018. The Case for Global Responsibility to Protect Heritage in Conflict The first J. Paul Getty Occasional Paper in Public Policy is Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones, published December 2017. While Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities is intended to “provide guidance about how best to pursue an international framework for the protection of cultural heritage in wars,” the 45 page paper should be required reading for everyone involved in cultural heritage from museum curators to archaeologists, diplomats and NGOs. The entire paper is available to download for free. What follows is a summary of its key points. The authors, Thomas G. Weiss and Nina Connelly, cover much more than cultural cleansing…

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“I Must Have It!” Art, Crime and Value in Film

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“I Must Have It!” Art, Crime and Value in Film

By Mariam Hale January 4, 2018. First in a series on the representation of cultural property in popular culture. Cultural property is generally defined as artifacts, artworks, texts, or historic locations, important to a nation, a people, or to humanity as “cultural heritage.” In the modern world, places or objects designated as cultural property can serve many purposes. They attract tourists, educate the public, stimulate research, and inspire artists. In cinema, on the other hand, archaeological sites and historic venues exist primarily to add interest to the background of a story. The courts of the Forbidden City or the canals of Venice make striking locations for chase scenes and gun fights, while major museums such as the Louvre or London’s…

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STOP Act Remains Threat to Longstanding Federal Policy

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STOP Act Remains Threat to Longstanding Federal Policy

STOP Act Fails to Get Out of Committee in 2017 – Prognosis for 2018 Second Session of Congress is Uncertain At the end of 2017, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee sent nine bills to the Senate floor for passage – all passed with Unanimous Consent. The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act, S. 1400, known as the STOP Act, was NOT among them. It appears that a number of Senators on the Indian Affairs Committee heeded the questions raised by ATADA, CCP, the Global Heritage Alliance, and other organizations. The groups variously raised concerns about the constitutionality of provisions forbidding trade in unspecified objects, the negative economic consequences for Southwestern states and the harm to museums and private collectors by…

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Catalonia Seeks Independence: Spain Orders Art Returned

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Catalonia Seeks Independence: Spain Orders Art Returned

December 29, 2017.  As Spain Divides, Removal of Religious Relics is Tied to Demand for Autonomy The first orders issued by the central government of Spain after suspending the pro-independence government of Catalonia required a Catalonian museum to send artworks to neighboring Aragon. The orders were the first made after a decision by Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to implement a never-before utilized Article 155 in Spain’s constitution to overturn the election of Catalonian independents to a majority in Catalonia’s regional parliament. The order brought 500 demonstrators to the Lleida Museum in the early morning hours to protest, chanting, “Hands up! This is a robbery,” as government officers hauled the artworks away to neighboring Aragon. According to Gareth Harris, writing…

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Industry, Indians and Archaeologists Battle Over Chaco Canyon

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Industry, Indians and Archaeologists Battle Over Chaco Canyon

December 29, 2017.  Federal Leases Will Determine Future of Ancient Puebloan Lands Twenty miles of difficult dirt road separates visitors from UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chaco Culture National Historical Park. This is not the biggest barrier, though, to public access to the Chaco civilization.  Not far outside the park’s 53.09 square miles, the federal government has leased 843 acres of federal lands to oil, gas, and mineral interests for $3 Million, and another proposed sale in March 2018 includes lands less than 10 miles from the park. Critics fear that oil and gas money may become the controlling factor in managing these ancient lands. Ancient Civilization at Chaco The designated Chaco Culture Historical Park was at the center of a…

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Britain’s Treasure Act Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

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Britain’s Treasure Act Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

December 21, 2017.  81,914 Archeological Finds Recorded;  1,303,504 Objects Listed on the PAS Database. The annual reports of the Britain’s Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act  for 2016 were released at the British Museum in London in early December 2017. This year’s highlights include a record 1,120 Treasure finds, a plethora of Bronze Age objects including rare arm rings, a late period coin hoard, and a rare copper-alloy anvil. The 2016 annual report also included a revision of the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales. The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), which began just one year after the Treasure Act, is managed by the British Museum and the National Museum Wales, in conjunction with 119…

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Museums Around the World Display Global Heritage

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Museums Around the World Display Global Heritage

December 19, 2017. Exhibitions Highlight Scholarship and Enduring Traditions. Everyone is fascinated to learn about their family tree, or the amazing and complex contributions from around the world in their genetic background.  Where can you learn about the glories and accomplishments that make up your cultural history? Certainly, you can find information in libraries or on the Internet, but museums are where you access real objects, authenticity, and understanding of the contributions of all the peoples of the world to human culture. This month we highlight seven current international museum exhibitions that show objects from countries other than their own, to demonstrate how museums can contribute to our knowledge of global heritage by bringing often unfamiliar and distant art to…

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Düsseldorf Mayor Cancels Exhibition on Art Dealer Max Stern – Then Reverses Decision

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Düsseldorf Mayor Cancels Exhibition on Art Dealer Max Stern – Then Reverses Decision

Updated December 28, 2017. The Mayor of Düsseldorf, Thomas Geisel, in response to international uproar over the cancellation of the exhibition, “Max Stern — From Düsseldorf to Montreal,” announced today that the exhibition will go forward, but the opening will be delayed until October 2018, and an international symposium on Stern will be organized by the city in order to research the subject further and discuss “possible forms of communicating and documenting it.” December 14, 2017.  Last Minute Cancellation of Show on Victim of Nazis Causes Consternation. The city of Düsseldorf has been thrust into a maelstrom of criticism from museum professionals worldwide over its mayor’s last-minute cancellation of a joint Canadian-German exhibition, “Max Stern — From Düsseldorf to Montreal.” …

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US Blocks Import of Art and Artifacts from Libya

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US Blocks Import of Art and Artifacts from Libya

December 10, 2017.  US Will Send Ancient, Islamic, & Ottoman Art Back  to War-torn Libya, Including Jewish and Christian Heritage Emergency Restrictions on import of objects into the United States from Libya were announced on December 5, 2017. Objects of material culture from Libya will be blocked from entry to the U.S. until at least May 30, 2022. The list of prohibited items ranges from architectural items to statuary, furniture, inscriptions, tools, weapons, jewelry, seals and beads, vessels and containers, coins, glass, textiles, books and manuscripts, musical instruments, and more. The list runs more than five pages in the Federal Register, yet is still considered merely illustrative rather than comprehensive. U.S. Customs can seize anything similar or related to the…

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Mobile Herders or Teenage Warriors from the Steppe?

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Mobile Herders or Teenage Warriors from the Steppe?

December 3, 2017. Gene Studies Show Sweeping Central Asian Influence on Bronze Age Europe and Altai. Two pioneering studies on ancient DNA continue to shed light on ancient Central Asian and northern Russian steppe pastoralists’ contribution to European genetics and culture. While the two competing theories disagree whether there was a massive sudden sweep of pastoralists called the Yamnaya into European regions 5000 years ago or whether they arrived over an extended period, there is no question that ancient skeletal remains from Europe have yielded a high percentage of Central Asian DNA. According to Harvard Medical School geneticist David Reich, “the Late Neolithic Corded Ware people from Germany traced ∼75% of their ancestry to the Yamnaya, documenting a massive migration…

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Germany Denies Immunity for Dead Sea Scrolls

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Germany Denies Immunity for Dead Sea Scrolls

December 2, 2017.  Germany Won’t Protect Dead Sea Scrolls if Palestine or Jordan Claim Them; No Guarantee Scrolls Would Return to Israel The Dead Sea Scrolls left Israel for the first time in 2005. They were displayed in Berlin, Germany at the Martin Gropius Bau exhibition hall, in an exhibit entitled “The New Hebrews, 100 years of art in Israel”, an event organized to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic ties between Israel and what was then West Germany. Now, the German Foreign Ministry and Federal commissioner for cultural affairs is refusing to protect the Scrolls from seizure if they return for an exhibit planned at the Frankfurt Bible Museum, saying that they consider ownership of the scrolls to be unclear….

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Bearing False Witness: The Media, ISIS and Antiquities

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Bearing False Witness: The Media, ISIS and Antiquities

CCP – Bearing False Witness-The Media, ISIS and Antiquities A Committee for Cultural Policy Special Report December 1, 2017 “We have beautiful heroines, we have bad guys, we have supporters, we have the terrorists.” Deborah Lehr of the Antiquities Coalition, speaking to the Middle East Institute, April 24, 2014[2] Introduction Pockmarked satellite images of cultural heritage sites in Syria and Iraq incontrovertibly show a pandemic of destruction.  What these images do not show us is whether any antiquities were found in these holes in the ground, if what was found had monetary value, or where these objects are going. A campaign, based on hype and hysteria, without verifiable documentation of ISIS–connected illegal sales or analysis of legitimate market data, has…

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Puma Graffitis Indian Monuments

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Puma Graffitis Indian Monuments

November 30, 2017.  TAJ MAHAL ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?  HERITAGE POLICIES CREATE UNCERTAINTY. The Indian government appears confused about the heritage protections given to architectural works of the Mughal period. Earlier this year the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Taj Mahal is located, dropped India’s most famous building from its tourism brochure and its budget. The state had neglected the building for years partly because of its Muslim origin – its builder was the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Now India is outraged that sportswear company Puma spray painted graffiti on 17th century buildings (one also constructed by Shah Jahan) to make a gritty, hip-hop commercial for its “Suede Gully” shoe line. Anti-Muslim Bias Expressed in Heritage Management The Taj…

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Egyptian Coptic Museum Overlooked

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Egyptian Coptic Museum Overlooked

November 30, 2017.  CAIRO MUSEUM OF COPTIC HERITAGE SEEKS FUNDING, STAFF, VISITORS A little known Coptic museum in Egypt would like more visitors, more money and a better security system. Egypt’s disorganized museum and antiquities cultural management system has left a small museum dedicated to Egypt’s Coptic heritage barely hanging on. Cairo’s Coptic Museum holds one of the largest collections of Coptic artifacts in the world, but it is overshadowed by the more glamorous and popular museums dedicated to Egyptian Pharaonic history. While over a billion dollars has been spent on Egypt’s new Grand Egyptian Museum (75% of the funding provided through loans from Japan), less favored museums have been left behind. The Copts are an ethno-religious group in Egypt…

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Ritual Experience in New London Mithraeum

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Ritual Experience in New London Mithraeum

November 30, 2017.  A multisensory exhibit incorporating light, sound, haze, and shadow over reconstructed ruins is bringing an ancient temple for the worship of the Roman god Mithras alive for modern visitors. The London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE opened its doors on November 14th in Bloomberg’s new London headquarters. In addition to the Mithras temple, the Bloomberg SPACE highlights artifacts found during its excavation, as well as contemporary artwork commissioned to “respond” to the archeological site. The temple devoted to the youthful god Mithras has been one of London’s most important archeological sites since its discovery in 1954 during post WWII rebuilding efforts.  At that time, over 400,000 people came to marvel at a Roman Mithrian temple site in the middle…

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Bible Museum Opens in US Capitol

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Bible Museum Opens in US Capitol

November 29, 2017.  INNOVATIVE MUSEUM AIMS TO ENGAGE PUBLIC WITH HIGH-TECH DISPLAYS. November marked the opening of both the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and a Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.  Like everything else in Washington, the museum opening has political overtones. North Carolina’s Representative Robert Pittenger introduced a concurrent resolution in Congress on its opening day, recognizing the opening of the museum, and citing the Christian Bible’s special significance in the history of the United States. The resolution has 35 co-sponsors as of this writing. The opening followed a black tie gala at the Trump International Hotel the previous evening. The $500 million Museum of the Bible sits just three blocks from the nation’s…

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Report: Ancestors Return to Indigenous Peoples

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Report: Ancestors Return to Indigenous Peoples

November 25, 2017.  Autumn 2017 has seen a wave of returns of Native American human remains and funerary objects from institutional collections to tribes across the United States for burial. It has been nearly thirty years since NAGPRA, the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, passed into law. NAGPRA requires consultation with Native American tribes when human remains are discovered in the course of archaeological digs or construction projects, but its key provisions enable tribes to request that human remains or funerary artifacts in the collections of institutions receiving federal funding be returned to the tribe. Unfortunately, the returns process is often complicated by uncertainty about the tribal origin of objects in museum collections, by lack of funding,…

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Two Sides to Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening

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Two Sides to Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening

November 25, 2017.   A BRILLIANT NEW MUSEUM ALSO FACES CLAIMS OF PAST ABUSE. The Louvre Abu Dhabi (LAD) opened on November 11, 2017 with three days of celebration. Tickets sold out for the opening day, LAD honored educators with workshops and LAD resources for their classrooms, Malian singer, dancer, musician and actress Fatoumata Diawara and French-Lebanese world musician Ibrahim Maalouf performed at the opening of the first “universal museum in the Arab world.”  With an emphasis on bringing the world’s culture to the United Arab Emirates (UAE),  the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first of five museums planned for Saadiyat Island’s cultural district to be completed. The concept of the Louvre Abu Dhabi began with an intergovernmental agreement between France…

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Norwegian Viking Treasure Found

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Norwegian Viking Treasure Found

November 20, 2017.  Nearly three months after thieves climbed up scaffolding to the seventh floor of the University Museum of Bergen, Norway, broke a window, and stole 400 Viking artifacts from the Cultural History Collections, the majority of the objects have been returned. Asbjørn Engevik, the head of the Department of Cultural History Collections at the museum said that the return of the artifacts marked “a day of joy for us.” Engevik also said that the museum staff were working hard to figure out what had been found and what was still missing before returning the objects to the display. According to a report on the University of Bergen website, in early October a man walked into a Bergen police station…

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