Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cultural Security News (Jan. 15 - Jan. 21)

Two Sides of the Same Coin
The economic success of artworks belies the challenges of conservation of cultural property. Against the backdrop of continued news coverage of the expansion of the art market, nations with a wealth in cultural patrimony struggle to manage adequate measures of protection of historic sites. This past week, reconstruction of a legendary toy shop, Detsky Mir, in Moscow and white-washing of frescoes in the Mansa Devi Temple in Panchkula, India drew protests. Reports continued on looting of archaeological sites in Egypt and in Israel from the ancient community of Hurbath Umm Al-Amad. On the other side of the coin, Greece scored a victory in the return of a rare ancient silver coin from Italy, and authorities in the U.S. tracked down the perpetrator of a heist from an American Numismatic Association's museum.
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