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2010-04-02 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the antiquities acquired by the Miho Museum in Japan. The Miho Museum opened in November 1997. It was decided to incorporate archaeological objects from western Europe and Mesopotamia in the displays. Thus, from about 1990, dealers acting for the museum were on the watch for significant pieces. Some of the acquisitions were well known. They included the relief excavated at Nimrud by Sir Austen Henry Layard, and...

2010-03-26 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of antiquities from North America that are linked to the site of Morgantina on Sicily. Since the fall of 2006, over 120 antiquities have been returned to Italy from North American collections. They have included high profile pieces such as the "Sarpedon krater" from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the more humble, though archaeologically significant, pieces such as an Etruscan...

2010-01-22 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the role of a Zurich-based conservator in the return of antiquities to Italy. In January 2010 the Italian Carabinieri announced that it was actively pursuing some 350 objects that had been in the possession of Fritz-Burki, a conservator of antiquities based in Zurich, Switzerland. It appears that the items had come to the notice of the Italians as a result of a raid by Swiss police officers in October 2001....

2009-12-04 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of two antiquities to Italian authorities. Two antiquities have been handed over to Italian authorities by James T. Hayes, Jr. the New York agent of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both items had been seized in raids in June 2009. One of the pieces was a fragment of a Roman wall-painting that had been discovered at Boscoreale on the Bay of Naples. It appears to have come from an...

2009-08-21 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of classical sculptures that were stolen from the Butrint Museum in Albania. In May 2009 a marble head of Asklepios, the classical god of healing, was returned to Albania. It had been excavated near to the entrance of the theatre of Butrint by an Italian team under Luigi Maria Ugolini in 1932. Butrint was a Greek foundation and its historical importance has been recognized by its designation as a...

2009-07-24 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the news that Giacomo Medici has lost his appeal in the Italian courts. The Geneva-based antiquities dealer Giacomo Medici has been the focus of attention since police raids on his Geneva warehouse in the Freeport back in the mid 1990s. Objects seized from the facility shed light on a well-beaten track between looted archaeological sites in Italy and dealers in northern Europe. The paper trail also pointed to...

2006-02-21 11:32:37

ROME (Reuters) - Italy signed a deal over disputed artworks 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. Under the agreement, the Met pledged to return several art works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase and a set of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces to Italy in exchange for long-term loans of equivalent beauty and importance. Tomb raiders have looted antiquities in...

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...

2006-02-03 14:48:20

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return to Italy several works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase, following decades of controversy over what Italy says are plundered antiquities. On Thursday, the New York museum formally presented to the Italian Culture Ministry in Rome a draft of an agreement transferring legal title to six antiquities from the museum's collections. The pieces include a group of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces and will be...

2005-12-02 08:08:28

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art may return disputed antiquities to Italy by early 2007 under a deal meant to resolve Italy's claims to some of the Met's most prized artifacts, an Italian official said on Friday. The culture ministry official said that as part of the possible agreement, which is still being worked out and requires approval by the Met's board, Italy would in exchange lend objects of equal value to the museum on a rotating basis....


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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