Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cultural Security News (Aug. 26 - Sep. 01)

Cultural Security in Egypt
istabl antar siteCultural property of Egypt provided examples of three different types of cultural security. In conservation, the Tourism and Antiquities Police intervened to halt occupation of the Islamic site of Istabl Antar in Al-Fustat. In foreign relations, Israel and Egypt negotiated the return of two sarcophagi lids, which had been smuggled early in 2011. In markets, the Minister of Antiquities worked with UNESCO towards criminalizing copying of Egyptian antiquities. In the worldwide political economy of art, announcements and reports depicted cross-cultural promotion of cultural heritage. The Seoul art fair in September will feature Latin art, the Toronto art fair in October will feature Asian art, and London is the center of a growing global market for Islamic art.
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