Tuesday, 23 May 2017

'Greek Police Arrest Three Men for Possession of Antiquities



Hellenic Police on Saturday arrested three men at Grevena, northwestern Greece, for illegal possession of antiquities of archaeological and scientific value (Philip Chrysopoulos, 'Greek Police Arrest 3 Antiquity Smugglers at Grevena ' Greek Reporter May 21, 2017).
 According to the Athens News Agency, the three men, 42, 52 and 63 years old, had in their homes 32 items in violation of the Law on Antiquities and General Cultural Heritage. Specifically, the three men had in their possession 26 metal coins of the Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras, a clay vase with a handle, a part of a bronze vase, an intact clay amphora, a bronze cylindrical stem, a bronze curved handle and a circular metal object. In addition, police found a metal detector, while the 63-year old had 7.5 grams of cannabis seeds and small quantities of raw cannabis. The antiquities were seized and handed over to the Grevena Ephorate of Antiquities, while local authorities investigate how and when the three men acquired the items

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Plight of Syrians (video clip)



Searching for Syria – in partnership with Google United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Attempt to Smuggle Coins from Turkey to Russia Foiled




Syrian caught at Şanlıurfa airport boarding a plane to Istanbul on his way to Russia with Roman and Hellenistic coins (article in Turkish)

Now find a dealer that would have had any qualms once they reached the international market  at about buying and then selling on those coins without any paperwork at all showing how they came onto the market. 

UNESCO End trafficking, save culture


UNESCO End trafficking, save culture  Published on May 17, 2017




Conflict situations and natural disasters increase the risk of theft and trafficking dramatically. Many instances of plunder, theft and trafficking of cultural objects go unseen or unsolved.
Help stop illicit trafficking of cultural property by spreading the video. For more info visit: http://on.unesco.org/2qnXeYi

This video was produced by the UNESCO Beirut Office in the framework of the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project, funded by the European Union and supported by the Flemish Government and the Government of Austria.

Video credits:
Produced by Keeward
Illustration, Animation and Sound Design by Squarefish

Sunday, 21 May 2017

'Not in it fer the Munny;': No?




Returns on rare coins over ten years to the end of 2016 were 195%, easily beating the S&P 500 index. It is after all a growing market, and the PAS is helping it along.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Treasure Hunting, Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel


This story has everything: love-interest, bling, money and a gory death - making it ideal for BM dumbdown story telling, hence the BBC news item ('Lost ' medieval gold brooch was 'gift from beheaded baron'). In Leicestershire castle a medieval gold brooch believed to have been lost by a baroness more than 500 years ago has been found near the moat of Kirby Muxloe Castle.



The 15th Century heart-shaped brooch probably belonged to Baroness Hastings, who lived in Kirby Muxloe Castle. The jewel, found by a metal detectorist in a farmer's field, will be sold at auction in August. Experts say it would have been given to her by Baron William Hastings, who was beheaded in 1483. The brooch has a guide price of £6,000-£8,000. It is inlaid with white enamel and engraved with the medieval French inscription "honor et joie" (honour and joy). The finder, who wants to remain anonymous, will split the proceeds of the auction with the landowner after the British Museum declared it treasure but declined to purchase it. [...] The jewel was examined by experts at Hanson's Auctioneers and then authenticated at the British Museum. 

I am sure he's joyful about finding it but if the finder had any honour, he'd not be taking a cut of the proceeds of selling off a dead woman's lost property. Um, why was it reported as only handed to the BM after valuation by Hanson's?  his Treasure hunting game is like shooting fish in a barrel, find a known high status site, get a metal detector and hoover away all around it, you are sure to find something if you dig deep enough.

Are there any descendants of Katherine Neville, Baroness Hastings, alive? Perhaps they should have first option on what happens to this? 

Destruction in Syria


Some rather upsetting before-after photos mounted one over another with a slider: Gareth Davies, 'Thousands of years of history wiped out by ISIS: Shocking new pictures show how the terror group has obliterated Syria's ancient treasures' Mail online, 12 May 2017

 
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