Monday, 22 May 2017

The Plight of Syrians (video clip)

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

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.
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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

Warsaw set for Night of the Museums

 The objective of International Museum
  Day is to raise awareness of the fact that 
“Museums are an important means of cultural exchange,
nrichment of cultures and development of 
mutual understanding,cooperation
and peace among peoples.” 

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017. Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries.
More than 200 museums, galleries, theatres and other institutions in Warsaw are set to take part in the annual Night of the Museums, being held in the Polish capital for the 14th time. Some 300 cultural events will be on offer as museums stay open overnight Saturday-Sunday and other locations which are normally closed to the public throw open their doors. Concerts, sound-and-light multimedia shows and art exhibitions are among other attractions planned across Warsaw.
Warsaw set for Night of the Museums 20.05.2017

The Barford family have an ambitious and eclectic programme planned for tonight. Sadly there is little evidence in the offerings that there is much awareness that the International Museum Day theme chosen for 2017 is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums".  But then, I am not sure what the organizers mean by that.

Head of Khorsabad Lamassu

   Head of lamassu winged bull at iraq museum from usa 🇺🇸 to 🇮🇶 recovery but i think it's not original it's fake
Ha! Interesting idea. As you are a curator at the museum in Baghdad, I'd say you could be right. It would not be the first time ICE was taken in and repatriated a fake to the same region. Here is is mentioned here earlier:
 'Stolen Artefacts to be Returned by US to Iraq' PACHI Sunday, 15 March 2015;
'More on the Iraq Repatriation Ceremony' PACHI Tuesday, 17 March 2015;
'Dur-Sharrukin ( Khorsabad) Reports'  PACHI Wednesday, 18 March 2015. 
and here on CHL .

hat tip to Dorothy King
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