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Jan 21, 2011, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: US Extends Agreement With Italy over Antiquities

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the extension of the memorandum of understanding between the US and Italy. In 2001 the US and the Republic of...


Dec 17, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Looting in Spain

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the recent seizure of antiquities in Spain. In early December it was reported that 85 arrests across seven...


Nov 26, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Zeus Returns to Italy

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the recent return of two antiquities to Italy. Michele Speranza, an off-duty Carabinieri officer from Italy,...


Nov 19, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: The Treasure Act and the Crosby Garrett Helmet

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the implications of the sale of the Crosby Garrett helmet on the London market. In October 2010 a heavily...


Oct 15, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Rome Trial of Marion True Dropped

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the decision to drop the Italian legal case against Marion True, a former curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum. ...


Sep 10, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Protecting the Archaeological Heritage of Greece

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the request by Greece for the US to place restrictions on the import of archaeological material. Greece...


Sep 03, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: An Attic Krater in Minneapolis

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the Athenian wine-mixing krater in the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). In 1983 the Minneapolis Institute...


Aug 13, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Antiquities and the Invasion of Kuwait

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the fate of antiquities in the Kuwait National Museum during the 1990 invasion by Iraq. Professor Donny...


Jul 23, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Colosseum Setting for Return of Antiquities

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of 337 antiquities to Italy as part of Operation Andromeda. In December 2008 an investigation into...


Jul 16, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Greek Pots, Madrid and the Medici Dossier

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the news that a number of antiquities acquired by the National Museum of Archaeology in Madrid appear to...


Jun 18, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Antiquities Sales Increase

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the June sales of antiquities in New York. The sale of antiquities took a nosedive in 2009. Christie's and...


Jun 04, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Italian Prosecutor Calls for Return of Antiquities

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the call by an Italian prosecutor for the return of three lots due to be auctioned in New York. The seizure of ...


May 21, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Toxic Antiquities in the Market Place

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the growing co-operation of auction-houses to halt the sale of recently surfaced antiquities. Authorities in...


Apr 30, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Toxic Antiquities and Photographic Evidence

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the use of photographic archives to identify recently surfaced antiquities. In September 1995 a police raid on ...


Apr 23, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Bonhams Withdraws Roman Statue From Auction

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the decision to withdraw a Roman statue from auction at Bonhams in London. In 1997, the investigative...


Apr 16, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Protecting the Cultural Heritage of Italy

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on next month's hearing to consider an extension to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the US State...


Apr 02, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: The Miho Museum and Italy

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the antiquities acquired by the Miho Museum in Japan. The Miho Museum opened in November 1997. It was decided...


Mar 26, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Returning Sicilian Antiquities

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of antiquities from North America that are linked to the site of Morgantina on Sicily. Since the...


Mar 19, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Why Has a Coffin Been Returned to Egypt?

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the recent return of an Egyptian coffin from the U.S. to Egypt. Early in March 2010 an Egyptian Third...


Mar 05, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Why Are Antiquities From Iraq Continuing to Appear on the Market?

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the recent return of antiquities from the U.S. to Iraq. At the end of February a number of antiquities and...


Feb 19, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Do Coin Collectors Care About the Archaeology of Cyprus?

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the legal action taken by the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG). Earlier in February 2010 a Washington...


Feb 05, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: The Corrupting Influence of Forged Antiquities

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the corrupting influence of faked antiquities. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has been hosting a short...


Jan 22, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: The Return of Antiquities to Italy and the Swiss Connection

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the role of a Zurich-based conservator in the return of antiquities to Italy. In January 2010 the Italian...


Jan 15, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: The Fano Athlete and Its Acquisition by the Getty

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the release of new papers relating to the acquisition of the classical bronze statue by the J. Paul Getty...


Jan 08, 2010, 12:01 ET Looting Matters: Sale of Antiquities on a Downturn

David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the trends in the sale of antiquities over the last decade. Swansea archaeologist David Gill has been...