Federal agents have threatened to seize from Sotheby's a 10th-century Cambodian sandstone statue, alleging the auction house planned to sell it despite warnings that looters had stolen the piece from its rightful place, adorning an ancient temple in the former Khmer kingdom.
Together with British, Egyptian and French colleagues, Graham is looking for ancient water channels in Luxor as texts and pictures from nearby temples and tombs suggest that sites on both sides of the Nile were connected by canals and navigable by boat.
Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay attended a symposium last week titled “The Italian Contribution to Turkey’s Archaeological Work in Education, Research and Excavation,” and said that the Turkish government attaches great importance to collaboration with Italy in the field of culture and archaeology.
As Interpol searches for the collection on the illegal antiquities markets, questions are still being raised about the nature of the theft. One thing most seem to agree on: The heist was an inside job.
One the largest and best preserved ancient Greek theatres, able to accommodate about 18,000 spectators, the Theatre of Dodoni has been on the top of the reconstruction list of the Greek Ministry of Culture for years.
The court, in finding Oded Golan not guilty, noted that expert witnesses could not agree on whether an inscription on the 2,000-year-old limestone box which reads: "James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus", was genuine or had been forged