Thursday, November 12, 2009

UCL incantation bowls: report leaked

I note that the UCL report on the incantation bowls has been placed on wikileaks. It is clearly a copy of the report placed in the House of Lords library.
The file is the report from an expert inquiry into the provenance of 654 Mesopotamian incantation bowls owned by antiquities collector Martin Schoyen and loaned to University College London. The inquiry was begun after allegations were made that the bowls were were looted from Iraq. The report was suppressed as part of the legal settlement in which the bowls were returned to Schoyen.

Hansard (the record of the UK Parliament) documents a debate in which Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn tells the House of Lords he has deposited a copy of the report in the House of Lords Library.
I should make it clear that Looting Matters does not endorse the leaking of this report.

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