Latest Illicit antiquities Stories

2009-05-05 09:54:43

Having worked for 25 years at fragile archaeological sites in Peru, UCLA archaeologist Charles "Chip" Stanish held his breath when the online auction house eBay launched more than a decade ago. "My greatest fear was that the Internet would democratize antiquities trafficking, which previously had been a wealthy person's vice, and lead to widespread looting," said the UCLA professor of anthropology, who directs the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Indeed, eBay has drastically altered the...

2006-02-20 14:07:25

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will sign a deal over disputed art works with New York's Metropolitan Museum on Tuesday, ending decades of controversy and paving the way for the return to Italy of antiquities Rome says were plundered. Culture Ministry officials and Met director Philippe de Montebello held talks in Rome on Monday to finalize the deal, a ministry spokesman said. "The agreement is there. We are just putting the final touches on it," he said. The Met said earlier this month it...

2005-12-23 12:56:08

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...

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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.