Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cultural Security News (Mar. 25 - Mar. 31)

Talking Turkey
In the past week, Turkey made headlines in protection and repatriation of cultural property. Apparently, a couple of Turkish television programs may be on the hook for damaging the historic site of the Yarimburgaz Cave. In one case, a pair of archaeologists recognized the site while watching one of the programs and filed a complaint. Turkish Penal Code for such violations stipulates a prison sentence of up to five years. Also, an article in the Los Angeles Times reported that the Turkish government has contacted several U.S. museums for verification that objects have proper provenance. If it turns out that the objects were illegally excavated, then Turkey may pursue repatriation from the Getty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art. and Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
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