Hobby Lobby to Forfeit Ancient Iraqi Artifacts in Settlement with U.S. DOJ

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, July 6 – Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has agreed to forfeit thousands of illegally smuggled ancient Middle Eastern artifacts obtained from antiquities dealers for a Bible museum headed by its president, the company and U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The forfeiture will include some 5,500 artifacts purchased by

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Egypt’s Own: Repatriation of Antiquities Proves to be a Mammoth Task

The repatriation of antiquities has been hard, and thousands of smuggled pieces continue to be out of reach  BY Sarah El Shaarawi  In 1815, an Italian strongman-turned-explorer and archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities, Giovanni Belzoni, traveled to Thebes, upper Egypt to extract the Younger Memnon, a more than seven-ton granite statue depicting the head of the young

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Safeguarding Palestinian History

A new West Bank museum will curate Palestine’s heritage BY Maher Abukhater On top of a hill not far from the West Bank City of Ramallah, where on a clear sunny day one can see the Mediterranean, sits a curiously shaped building. The $28 million stone and glass terrace-shaped structure is the new Palestinian Museum, which

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