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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

World

A Series of links to online articles of interest in the world press dealing with cultural property stewardship, or the lack thereof, by institutions and foreign governments.

  • Foreign Expeditions
    By Zahi Hawass. A commentary on the problems created by foreign excavators in Egypt.
  • A Race Against Time To Dig Up Sudan's Past
    By Marc Lacey, The New York Times. Sudanese government development project threatens ancient sites.
  • Treasures of Croesus Corroded
    By Melik Evren. Treasures in the Usak Archeology Museum have been corroded as a result of neglect.
  • Renewed Dam Project Threatens Historic Site
    By Lucian Harris. The historic site of Hisn Kayfa (Hasankeyf) in Southeastern Turkey is threatened by the resumption of a massive dam project on the Tigris River.
  • 2,000-year-old tombs destroyed by bulldozers
    A hundred Chinese tombs more than 2,000 years old have been crushed or buried to make way for a housing project in Inner Mongolia province, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.
  • Farmers contest archaeologists in Iran
    Local farmers cultivating land above what is believed by archaeologists to be the ancient city of Jondishapour, where Shapur the Great captured the Roman Emperor Valerian, are up in arms about the outsiders who want to confiscate their lands.
  • Too Much Digging is Damaging our Heritage
    The Association of Cypriot Archaeologists has called for limitations on site excavation on the island, citing serious problems with "unscientific" and slipshod methods employed by professional archaeologists. Local and foreign archaeologists are accused of destroying and discarding artifacts in their haste to uncover structures. Andreas Demetriou, association president, complained that "We dash everywhere in Cyprus to dig and then we dump things."
  • US considers Chinese request for import restrictions
    NY Arts Magazine article about the China request for import restrictions.
  • Slapdash Effort at DOS
    A slapdash effort belies Cypriot claims that coins are significant to its heritage and that import restrictions will be applied only to coins first found in the ground in Cyprus.