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The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has become a driving force in the ongoing effort to protect coin collectors and museums in which coins are stored from being forced to give up these items to foreign governments under the premise the coins are the cultural patrimony of the claimant nation. — Richard Giedroyc, World Coin News April 26, 2010



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Comments on "Who Owns the Past"

Archaeologist Dorothy King comments in her personal blog about the book "Who Owns the Past", which presents the collector's view of cultural property issues. Full story

Dave Welsh on Import Restrictions

Unidroit-L discussion list founder and moderator Dave Welsh expounds on the issue of import restrictions in a letter to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee as it convenes to consider the request of Italy for an extension of import restrictions. Although coins were exempted from the original request five years ago, the potential for them to be added at this time has not been ruled out. Dave Welsh is Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the ACCG. Full story

Casualties of War: The truth about Baghdad Museum

A balanced discussion of the events surrounding the reported looting of the Baghdad Museum, prepared by Matthew Bogdanos, the U.S. special investigator assigned. Published in the American Journal of Archaeology. Full story

Ancient Treasures for Sale

A brilliant analysis and summary of the cultural property issues being hotly contested these days. By Steven Vincent, author of "In the Red Zone" and victim of assasination in Iraq. Full story

Iraq Museum

A factual summary of the events surrounding the looting of the Iraq Museum. Full story

Through the Fog of War in Iraq: Lessons Learned in Heritage Preservation

A downloadable pdf file of an excellent analysis from the George Wright Forum. Full story

On-line auctions: a new venue for the antiquities market

Christopher Chippindale & David W. Gill examine the online auction venue and point out potential and real problems that can and do occur in an uncontrolled market. Full story

State Department Advisory Committee Meets on Italian Request for Import Restrictions

A report on the original CPAC hearing of a request to impose import restrictions on cultural property. Full story

Numismatics and the antiquities trade

"I began to wonder just where all the coins currently on the market come from, and decided do some research and try to find out." Full story

Conservation and the Antiquities Trade

A relatively open-minded discussion of questions concerning ethics in archaeology and conservation. Full story

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