Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cultural Security News (Mar. 11 - Mar. 17)

Eastern Progress
Sites of cultural heritage experience a range of security threats. In Iraq, settling in Mesopotamia threatens historic sites, in India, "land sharks" see ancient cities as development opportunities, and in Greece, austerity measures create cuts in protection of archaeological sites that already experienced looting in the economic crisis. In Israel, the art market posted significant gains over the past decade, and a Jerusalem Judge acquitted the Israeli collector accused of forging evidence of the first physical link to Christ. A report on the worldwide art market indicated that China has overtaken the U.S. in the market for antiquities at 30%. Correspondingly, a Chinese-Indonesian collector was listed as the 8th most influential person in the art world, and a Chinese Imperial bowl was estimated to sell for over $10 million.
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