Discussion of the archaeological ethics surrounding the collecting of antiquities and archaeological material.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
"La Memoria ritrovata"
Judith Harris in Rome has drawn my attention to an exhibition, "La Memoria ritrovata", that is on show at the Quirinal (Judith Harris, "Stolen Treasures on View at Quirinal Palace", January 22, 2014). It contains some 110 objects that have been recovered by the Carabinieri in the last three years. They include the Etruscan cinerary urns from Perugia. Objects recovered from a Japanese dealer in Switzerland via Operation Andromeda have also been put on display.
Harries reminds us that there are some 5.7 million stolen objects and the search for them is supported by a data bank of some 560,000 images.