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2010-09-10 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the request by Greece for the US to place restrictions on the import of archaeological material. Greece considers there to be a serious problem with the looting of archaeological sites. In May 2010 a pair of sixth century BC statues of naked youths ("kouroi") were recovered in a police raid from near Corinth. There is a possibility that they were removed from the nearby site of Tenea. The seizure was made...

2010-08-12 07:40:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Photonix today announced that the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF), located at the Louvre Palace has purchased a T-Ray 4000®, as its instrument of choice for performing investigations into art conservation and restoration using terahertz technology. The system, which will be located in the most prestigious art restoration research center in France, will be available to...

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2010-08-04 10:43:37

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, at its 34th session in Brasília, Brazil, has, for the first time, endorsed a study in science heritage. The thematic study on the Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy, prepared within the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, presents an overall vision of astronomical heritage and attempts to identify some of the most outstanding examples that are of significance to everyone. The study is the result of a...

2010-05-03 07:15:00

LEAWOOD, Kan., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to properly caring for a collection, there's much more involved than simply cleaning off the dust bunnies. Collections are often valuable and need to be documented in the event of possible disaster or theft. Without a proper record, as well as a legitimate assessment of the collection's value, it can be tough for a homeowner to receive full reimbursement from an insurance company. While many people do have home insurance that meets basic...

2010-04-21 09:07:00

RICHMOND, Va., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- If recycling, reusing and reducing waste is at the heart of sustainability and "green" environmental practices, then historic preservation is one of the greenest activities that individuals and communities can undertake. That is the take-away message of a new Web site, the "Virginia Preservation Toolkit" (http://www.tusculum.sbc.edu/toolkit/how-to-preserve.shtml), that was officially launched today during a week of events tied to the 40th...

2010-03-31 09:11:00

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Toura, a pioneer in multi-media mobile tour applications and creator of the Mobile App Producer, announced today that it has secured $1.5 million in seed funding from a group of angel investors. Toura will use the proceeds to continue advancing its technology platform and to fuel business development, operations and marketing efforts in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Introduced in 2009, the Toura Mobile App Producer is a...

2010-03-22 09:56:00

International photo exhibition of 77 works chronicles preservation efforts of endangered cultural heritage sites in developing countries. WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meridian International Center and California-based Global Heritage Fund announce the opening of an international photographic exhibition, Preservation by Design: Safeguarding the World's Cultural Heritage on Saturday, March 20, 2010. The 77 images, which have never been seen by the general public, contain...

2010-02-05 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the corrupting influence of faked antiquities. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has been hosting a short exhibition of Fakes and Forgeries. This was mounted with the co-operation of the Art and Antiques Unit of the Metropolitan Police. Among the objects on display was the "Amarna Princess" that was acquired by the Bolton Museum for 440,000 pounds sterling in 2003. It was sold with the "provenance" (or...

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2010-02-02 07:17:52

Researchers excavating an ancient Roman cemetery made a surprising discovery when they extracted ancient mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from one of the skeletons buried at the site: the 2,000-year-old bones revealed a maternal East Asian ancestry. The results will be presented at the Roman Archeology Conference at Oxford, England, in March, and published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology. According to Tracy Prowse, assistant professor of Anthropology, and the lead author on the study, the...

2009-10-27 07:25:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- New Yorkers and visitors to the city will be the first to experience a new iPhone application that turns the device into a handheld GPS-based tour guide. CityShow NYC, a first-of-its-kind high-tech audio/visual guide to New York City, will provide historic facts, anecdotes, photos, music, and descriptions for hundreds of points-of-interest in Manhattan. The application uses GPS signals to locate the user and alert them to nearby points-of-interest. It...