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

Deborah Lehr | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Egyptian Antiquities Chief, Zahi Hawass, Resigns

nytimes.com | KATE TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Zahi Hawass, Egypt's powerful and controversial antiquities chief, resigned on Thursday along with the prime minister, after posting on his Web site f...

Credibility Gap: Two Gilded King Tut Statues Among 18 Objects Purloined From Egyptian Museum

Lee Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lee Rosenbaum

We need more transparency from Egypt's Minister of Antiquities. If Hawass didn't know the full extent of the vandalism and looting, he should have acknowledged that, rather than giving blanket assurances that all was well.

Egyptian Museum Missing 18 Items After Unrest

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — A full inventory of the Egyptian Museum has found that looters escaped with 18 items during the anti-government unrest, including two gi...

Egyptian Museum's Zahi Hawass On The Antiquities Looting Crisis

Zahi Hawass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

On Friday, January 28, 2011, when the protest marches began in Cairo, I heard that a curfew had been issued that started at 6.00pm on Friday evening u...

Mubarak and the Hair Apparent

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ordered round-the-clock protection for Dennis Hassan, his colorist. Hassan is the only member of the Mubarak cab...

Give Back the Elgin Marbles and the Rest of the Loot

Khanh Ho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Khanh Ho

Critics of repatriation take great stock in the fact that the plundered treasures in the museums of the world now truly belong to all mankind; the argument goes that they reveal our common humanity.