Showing results 61 - 72 of 79 for the month of March, 2012.

March 19, 2012

UK auction house cancels sale of sacred Australian Aboriginal Tjuringa stone

Posted at 1:53 pm in Similar cases

Canterbury Auction Galleries in Kent planned on selling a sacred Aboriginal artefact known as the Tjuringa stone. The sale has now been cancelled following pressure from Australian Museums & the Australian High Commission in London.

From:
ABC (Australia)

Sacred stone withdrawn from UK auction
Tanya Nolan reported this story on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:50:00

ELEANOR HALL: Now to that victory for Indigenous Australians.

A British auction house has withdrawn a sacred Aboriginal artefact from sale after high level intervention by Australian museums and the Australian High Commission in London.

The Tjuringa stone, which is believed to belong to Arrernte people of Central Australia, was being sold by a woman from Kent who says she was given it as a gift when she lived in Sydney more than 50 years ago.
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Perceptions of the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 1:48 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

The American Journal of Archaeology has published a very comprehensive review of the New Acropolis Museum.

You can view the original article in PDF format here.

Turkey wants 1700 year old marble head returned from London’s V&A museum

Posted at 1:45 pm in Similar cases

Turkey has asked London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to return a marble carving of a child’s head. The legality of the head’s removal from Turkey is unclear. In recent years, Turkey has been making many similar efforts to request the return of certain specific artefacts.

From:
Independent

Turkey demands return of its ‘Elgin marble’
V&A holds carved head removed from sarcophagus by Britain’s consul-general in 1882
By Rob Sharp, Arts Correspondent
Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Turkey is demanding the return of an ancient marble head, now languishing in the stores of a London museum, which was taken from Anatolia more than a century ago.

The Turkish culture ministry has asked the Victoria and Albert Museum to return a 1,700-year-old life-sized marble carving of a child’s head, described as bearing a likeness to Eros, the Greek god of love.
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March 17, 2012

Wreck of the Mentor that carried Elgin Marbles excavated off coast of Kythera

Posted at 2:56 pm in Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology

More coverage of the excavations on the wreck of the Mentor, the ship that was carrying the Parthenon Sculptures to Britain before it sank in a storm.

You can also view a press release about the project with some photos & further details here.

From:
Greek Reporter

Research on the Shipwreck “Mentor” Which Carried Elgin Marbles
Posted on 10 August 2011 by Lia Pavlou

According to an article in the Greek newspaper “Eleftherotypia”, research was conducted by the Ephorate of Marine Antiquities from July 6-15 on the wreck of the ship “Mentor” which had once carried some of the Elgin marbles. The research was financed by the Australian Foundation “Kytherian Research Group.”

The ship, originally chartered by Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin and British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799–1803, was a brig, built in 1780, that set sail from Piraeus on September 16th, 1802. However, near Cape Tainaro, strong winds made the voyage difficult and in Avlemonas, on the island of Kythyra, the ship ran upon the rocks and sank. Elgin, at his own expense, made great efforts to salvage the stolen treasures from the sunken ship. This operation lasted more than two years and, in the end, bankrupted Elgin. It was for this reason that he eventually sold the marbles to the British Museum for a very low price.
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Frome Hoard returns to Somerset

Posted at 2:50 pm in Similar cases

The Frome Hoard returns to Somerset to be displayed, near to where it was discovered. Yet again, it seems that displaying artefacts near to where they were found is perceived as a great idea by museums – but only if the artefacts aren’t already in their collections, in which case the argument for display within the original context can be discredited by every means possible & ignored in the hope that it will go away.

From:
BBC News

5 September 2011 Last updated at 08:21
Frome Hoard returns to Somerset for museum display

The Frome Hoard, the second largest collection of Roman coins found in the UK, is to be brought back from the British Museum to Somerset later.

The coins will go on display at the new Museum of Somerset, in Taunton, which opens at the end of the month.
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Should Britain be doing more to protect its own heritage

Posted at 1:28 pm in Similar cases

Nationally funded institutions like the British Museum, often take the line that they are helping other countries protect their heritage, by “looking after” items such as the Parthenon Marbles. It seems though, that often, less attention is given to maintaining the UK’s heritage than should be. I’ve commented before on the failure to build any sort of suitable building for the Stone Henge visitor centre, despite commenting on the Greeks lack of a proper Acropolis Museum in the past – but there are many other similar cases across the country.

From:
Guardian

If Britain fails to protect its heritage we’ll have nothing left but ghosts
The Welsh mining settlement of Dylife once thrived but now it lies forgotten, like so much of our industrial past
Simon Jenkins Thursday 1 September 2011 20.29 BST

Fling off the cares of the world this autumn and climb up from the tidy mid-Welsh town of Llanidloes, north over the mountain road towards Machynlleth. Near a wild summit you enter a moonscape of old mineral workings and slag heaps. Here metals were mined in Roman times, and here the Victorians erected reputedly the largest wheel in Britain, the Martha pump, to serve what by the 1860s was the most productive lead mine in Wales’s “wild west”.

At the time the settlement of Dylife boasted three places of worship, three inns, a school and a thousand inhabitants. Then, in the 1880s, prices fell and the ore lodes were exhausted. Between the wars the place emptied and the buildings collapsed or were demolished. Today only ghosts flit the high mountain air. A lonely inn remains, the Star, amid a community of sheep.
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March 16, 2012

Divers explore the wreck of ship that carried the Elgin Marbles from Greece

Posted at 6:14 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

A team of divers, led by archaeologist Demetris Kourkoumelis have organised new excavations of the remains of the ship, the Mentor, which was lost in a storm off Kythera whilst transporting many of the Parthenon Sculptures to London. The sculptures were subsequently recovered by sponge divers from Kalymnos.

From:
Bloomberg News

Team Explores 19th Century Parthenon Marble Shipwreck in Greece
By Natalie Weeks – Aug 8, 2011 1:40 PM GMT

A team of underwater explorers in Greece examined the shipwreck of the Mentor, which sunk in 1802 as it transported marbles from the Parthenon to London.

The sculptures, part of the Parthenon collection taken and sent to England by Lord Elgin, were recovered after the ship sunk and no additional pieces were found in last month’s or in three previous explorations, the Athens-based Culture and Tourism Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today.
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Campaign for the return of the Mzilikazi armband from V&A Museum

Posted at 6:08 pm in Similar cases

Campaigners in South Africa & Zimbabwe are asking for the return of the Mzilikazi armband by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The armband was taken from what was then Zululand in 1896.

From:
Newsday (Zimbabwe)

‘We’ll recover Mzilikazi armband from UK museum’
KHANYILE MLOTSHWA, STAFF REPORTER – Aug 26 2011 16:02

The organisers of the King Mzilikazi commemorations to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, next month have said at this year’s event they will focus on the recovery of King Mzilikazi’s armband which is kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the United Kingdom.

“We will send a delegation of Mthwakazians to go and recover the king’s ornaments. The King’s armband was sacrilegiously taken off his body when it was exhumed by some barbaric fortune hunters in 1896,” the organisers said in a statement.
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British Museum gives copies of Oxus Treasures to Tajikistan

Posted at 1:59 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

The British Museum’s co-operation with Tajikistan on giving them copies of the Oxus treasure should be welcomed on one level. At the same time though, one has to question why countries should be grateful for having been given copies of items that they should still own in the first place? If the copies are seen as an acceptable substitute for the original, then why doesn’t the British Museum return the original & keep the copy?

From:
Trend (Azerbaijan)

The British Museum hands over copies of items from the Oxus treasure to Tajikistan
[31.08.2011 14:56]

Tajik Embassy in London has conducted negotiations with the British Museum on the possibility of making copies of the most valuable items of the Oxus Treasure and handing over them to Tajikistan, a source in the Tajik government said, Asia-Plus reported.

He noted the British Museum has agreed to make copies of five items this year and donate them to Tajikistan on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its independence.
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London riots & the Benin Empire

Posted at 1:53 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

Following on from the comments made before about the London Riots, this article looks at how they compare to the looting of Benin in 1897 by British forces.

From:
Modern Ghana

Of Youths, London Riots, Benin Empire et al
By Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth
Feature Article | Sat, 20 Aug 2011

Example is better than precept so we should tell my Kid Brother, David Cameron, Prime Minister of United Kingdom in response to his utterances following the London riots characterised by looting and Arson following the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by the London Metropolitan Police.

Those Youths and Arsonists are now being tried in Courts of Law for stealing things like Ice cream, Chewing Gum and Table Water. Some of the Youths are being charged for taking more tangible things like Ipods, Ipads,Lap Tops and Flat screen Televisions sets
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March 15, 2012

Zeus & Hera leave the Acropolis for relocation to the Acropolis Museum

Posted at 2:04 pm in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

Although most of the sculptures from the Acropolis have already been removed & replaces with replicas, with the originals in the Acropolis Museum, there are still a small number of pieces that are still in the process of being removed to be eventually relocated indoors away from the damaging effects of pollution.

From:
Agence France Presse

Zeus and Hera leave Acropolis for safe-keeping: official
(AFP) – Aug 27, 2011

ATHENS — A sculpture depicting Zeus and Hera, king and queen of the ancient Greek pantheon of gods, has been permanently removed from the Acropolis in Athens for safe-keeping, a project supervisor said Saturday.

The sculpture — one of the last of the original decorative pieces adorning the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple — will be showcased in the Acropolis Museum in Athens and will be replaced by a copy, architect Vasso Eleftheriou said.
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Older photos – transfer of the first sculptures to the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 1:54 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

I’ve been going through my older photos of the New Acropolis Museum & uploading some more of them to Flickr.

Here are some from October 2007, when the first sculptures were craned down from the Acropolis to the New Acropolis Museum by a relay of three cranes.