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Culture: ISIS' New Tool of Warfare

Deborah Lehr | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
Deborah Lehr

Certainly, looting has been occurring since there was buried treasure. But ISIS and its sympathizers have taken it to a new level. They are intentionally targeting the symbols that define our culture as a means to destroy our spirit.

Shut the Artifacts-for-Arms Market Doors

Greg Werkheiser | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Greg Werkheiser

If MENA countries want to effectively battle the sale of their history to the highest bidder, they are going about it wrong and largely going about it alone. This is a regional crisis requiring regional solutions.

Pop-Cultural Heritage: The Daily Show, ISIS, and Looted Antiquities

Katie A. Paul | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Katie A. Paul

Popular culture is no stranger to archaeology. The subject has made its way into some of America's favorite movies, TV shows and video games. But archaeology has most often been referenced in popular culture as a novelty, and much of that is a result of its most famous pop-culture icon, Indiana Jones.

Historic Photos Of The Ancient City Being Destroyed By ISIS

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.26.2015 | World

The Islamic State group has steadily destroyed a great number of historic sites and artifacts in Syria and Iraq, in addition to the repressive r...

Remembering Barbara Mertz

Deborah Lehr | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Deborah Lehr

At the young age of 25, Barbara Mertz obtained her doctorate in Egyptology from the renowned Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, but struggled to find work at a time when women were viewed as secretaries, not scholars.

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

Trading Treasure for Weapons: ISIS Campaign of Terror Strikes at Culture

Deborah Lehr | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Deborah Lehr

Decisive action by the international community to prevent further cultural terrorism and profiteering from antiquities theft will advance the fight against ISIS.

The Irony of ISIS

Lisa Levart | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Lisa Levart

In this decisive time before the imminent destruction of our common sacred sites, let us all call upon the protective guidance of Isis: the oldest of the old, mother of all mothers and The All-Seeing Eye. Let us reclaim the true name and meaning of Isis.

Emily Thomas

Archaeologists Unearth New Areas Of Ancient Roman City | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.19.2014 | World

Archaeologists in Rome have unearthed a massive section of the ancient port city of Ostia, shedding new light on the city's historical significance. ...

At Risk: Egypt's Heritage -- and Our Own

Deborah Lehr | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
Deborah Lehr

There is a crisis unfolding in Egypt: some of the world's most precious archaeological sites and artifacts are being senselessly looted.

An Allied Effort to Save History

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Antiquities trafficking is not perpetrated by rich and beautiful characters like Thomas Crown and Lara Croft. Experts have warned that instead, organized crime, rebel armies and even terrorist cells may be the ones carrying out and profiting from these crimes.

World's Most Horrifying Mummies

Budget Travel | Posted 10.30.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

If you haven't seen a real mummy (a.k.a. a body whose skeleton and skin have been preserved) since you were on a school trip, this is a good time to get reacquainted. So come with us on a crash course of the world's most "magnificent" corpses.

Cultural Racketeering and Why it Matters: Robbing the World of History

Deborah Lehr | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Deborah Lehr

Many of us are familiar with crimes committed by organized gangs, from drug running, the weapons trade, to the sex trade. However, there is one kind of crime, the looting and trade of antiquities that is on par with these abhorrent black market businesses, yet seldom discussed.

Treasure Hunting in Turkmenistan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

J-Lo isn't the only one who went to Turkmenistan this summer. I was there too -- but unlike J-Lo, I didn't walk away a million dollars richer. But I did uncover something in the desert far more valuable -- and priceless -- than any sum of money.

Huge Pyramid Holds Hidden Treasure, Real-Life 'Indiana Jones' Says

LiveScience | Owen Jarus | Posted 06.09.2013 | Science

TORONTO — Zahi Hawass is back. The famous, and at times controversial, Egyptologist is free of legal charges, free to travel and is launching a wo...

Macedonia Conducts Country-Wide Raid To Find Looters

AP | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts

SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonian police say they have carried out raids across the country and arrested 17 people, including two state museum employees...

Huge Undersea 'Monument' Poses Scientific Puzzle

Posted 04.11.2013 | Science

By: Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/10/2013 07:17 AM EDT on LiveScience A giant "monumental" stone structure discovere...

Mirror Fathom Is for a Select Group Only

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.29.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

With its exquisite descriptions and over powering dialogue, the story may not be enjoyable to all readers. For those, however, who admire the brilliance of words it will be a book to study and enjoy over and over.

Double Whammy: Leading Coin Collector Duped By 'Extraordinary Forgeries," Acquired Them Illegally

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 07.04.2012 | Crime

NEW YORK -- A prominent coin collector thought he had some valuable, ancient pieces with a problem: They shouldn't have been taken out of Italy. The ...

James Ossuary Proponent Acquitted of Antiquities Fraud

AP | By DANIELLA CHESLOW | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Is the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James fake or authentic? Seven years of trial, testimony from dozens of experts and a 47...

The James Ossuary: Is It Authentic? (An Update)

Robert Eisenman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

The only trial in the world which seems to have taken longer than the Amanda Knox one in Italy is the extended trial over the so-called James Ossuary in Jerusalem.

Zahi Hawass FIRED

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.16.2011 | Arts

CAIRO -- Egypt's antiquities minister, whose trademark Indiana Jones hat made him one the country's best known figures around the world, was fired Sun...

Stolen King Tut Artifacts Found

The Huffington Post | Melinda Brocka | Posted 06.12.2011 | Arts

At a press conference on Tuesday, recently re-appointed Egyptian antiquities minister Zahi Hawass showed looted artifacts which had been recovered. Th...

Is It Possible to "Collect" Antiquities These Days?

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.05.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Collecting antiquities, as critics charge and supporters acknowledge, may well encourage looting, smuggling and corruption, but is there a way to do it legally?

Zahi Hawass Officially Reappointed As Egypt's Antiquities Chief

Ahram Online | Posted 06.04.2011 | Arts

Five days after his meeting with Egypt Prime Minister Essam Sharaf renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has been officially reappointed to the post of Eg...