According to federal authorities, a United States Army helicopter pilot â€” who was briefly based in Cairo â€” was charged Wednesday with selling more than 80 stolen Egyptian artifacts to an art dealer in
Chief Warrant Officer Edward George
In another case â€” The University Museum at Southern Illinois University is completing final details to return a Ptolemaic era bronze cat to the Egyptian consulate’s office in
In 2006, the J. Paul Getty Museum and other institutions returned stolen artifacts to
But some of the world’s most prestigious museums and universities are still slow to revise their policies or return known stolen artifacts.
Neil Brodie is Director of Cultural Heritage Resource at Stanford University’s Archaeology Center and Co-editor of the book Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade.
And Richard Leventhal is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Richard co-edited the book Archaeology in the Mediterranean: The Present State and Future Scope of a Discipline. Neil and Richard are on a crusade to wean museums and academic institutions off stolen antiquities.
The market in stolen antiquities has been going on for a very long time and Jerome asked Neil Brodie if today’s illegal trade wasn’t just an updated form of imperialism…