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Will Turkey Try to Take Back Antiquities in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Collection?

Will Turkey Try to Take Back Antiquities in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Collection? | Ancient Art & Archaeology | Scoop.it

Over the past year, Turkey has been stepping up its efforts to reclaim art and antiquities the country claims were smuggled-out illegally and now reside in some of the world’s top museums. In March, officials from the Turkish government requested that the Metropolitan Museum of Art return 18 items from its collection that the museum acquired through the Norbet Schimmell Collection, a former Met trustee whose gift to the museum was touted at the time as one of the most important ever.

In September, the New York Times reported on Turkey’s newly “aggressive” tactics, as some have dubbed them, to claim antiquities. One source of friction comes from a Unesco convention regulation recognized by most museum directors that allows museums to keep objects that were removed from their country of origin before 1970. Turkey, though, now cites an Ottoman-era law, claiming that it has the right to any objects removed after 1906.

So does the Dallas Museum of Art have any items in its collection that Turkey will claim? That’s the rumor I heard yesterday, so I reached out to the museum. And while there have been no formal requests as of yet, a spokesperson with the museum did say that the DMA is currently organizing a visit by a delegation from Turkey next month.

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At "Europe's Oldest Town," Unusual Fortifications Hint at Prehistoric Riches

At "Europe's Oldest Town," Unusual Fortifications Hint at Prehistoric Riches | Ancient Art & Archaeology | Scoop.it

It's controversially being called Europe's oldest known town. But whatever Solnitsata's place in history, it's becoming clear that the 6,500-year-old Bulgarian site—not far from the continent's earliest known gold hoard—had something very much worth protecting.

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Tübingen Archeologists Examine One of the Oldest Hoards Found in Europe

Tübingen Archeologists Examine One of the Oldest Hoards Found in Europe | Ancient Art & Archaeology | Scoop.it

Jewelry and female figurines from Belica, Serbia, to be exhibited for the first time at Tübingen University Museum.

 

Archeologists from the University of Tübingen’s Institute of Prehistory are working with the Serbian Archeological Institute in Belgrade to analyze the most comprehensive Early Neolithic hoard ever found. Work on the nearly 8000 year old collection of jewelry and figurines is funded by the Thyssen Foundation.

 

The unique hoard is comprised of some 80 objects made of stone, clay and bone. “This collection from Belica, in all its completeness, provides a unique glimpse into the symbols of the earliest farmers and herdsmen in Europe,” says Tübingen archeologist Dr. Raiko Krauss, who heads the German side of the project.


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Ancient Roman Giant Found—Oldest Complete Skeleton With Gigantism

Ancient Roman Giant Found—Oldest Complete Skeleton With Gigantism | Ancient Art & Archaeology | Scoop.it
It's no tall tale—the first complete ancient skeleton of a person with gigantism has been discovered near Rome, a new study says.
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