Tag Archives: Antiquities

Snails Used to Make Biblical Blue

Discovery.com: The elusive Biblical blue, a sacred color whose exact shade has puzzled scholars for centuries, has been revealed in a nearly 2,000-year-old patch of dyed fabric. The piece of cloth was found in Israeli caves just south of Qumran, … Continue reading

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Using Inscriptions from the Antiquities Market: Polarized Positions and Pragmatic Proposals

Dr Christopher Rollston writes: Archaeological sites in the Middle East have been ransacked, pillaged, and plundered for many decades. The motivations of the actual pillaging are normally economic: the pursuit of marketable artifacts. That is, the pillagers wish to find objects … Continue reading

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Vatican Requests 1,500-Year-Old Syriac Bible Held In Turkey

The Huffington Post reports: The Vatican has allegedly issued an official request to examine a 1,500-year-old Bible that has been held in Turkey for the past 12 years, the Hurriyet Daily News reports. The Bible reportedly contains early teachings of Jesus … Continue reading

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Where Heaven Falls Prey to Thieves

A short documentary… … about the extensive art theft that has taken place in North Cyprus since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The theft has taken place with tacit or active approval from the Turkish army. The plunder not only served … Continue reading

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American Arrested Over Alleged Antiquities Smuggling in Israel

CNN reports on an American tour guide who has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of selling ancient artifacts to American tourists: Israeli authorities arrested a retired American university lecturer this week on suspicion of selling ancient artifacts illegally to U.S. … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Archaeological Sites Stand Unguarded

Concerned archaeologists called today on Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to return police to archaeological sites. The move is required to put an end to illegal excavations and wild looting of storehouses and tombs. “The desecration of archaeological sites and … Continue reading

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Zahi Hawass, Egypt Antiquities Chief 'Plans to Step Down in Protest'

CNN is reporting: Egypt’s antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, said Friday he plans to step down to protest police inaction as the country’s ancient treasures are being looted and vandalized. “The police cannot do enough, or anything to protect Egypt’s antiquities and treasures, … Continue reading

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The True Current State of Egyptian Antiquities

A passionate Dr Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist and the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities has just posted the following: Today is a new day, but there are still marches in the streets of Cairo. I am personally very sad for my country. I … Continue reading

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