Skip to main content

Antiquities seized in northern Greece

The Greek press has reported that a number of antiquities have been seized in Macedonia, northern Greece (ANSA October 10, 2011). Two Greek nationals were detained during the operation. The 120 or so objects included "four helmets, golden masks, golden rings, sword fragments and other objects". The finds are reported as being similar to those found in the sixth century BCE cemetery at Sindos.

It was suggested that the two individuals were about to sell the pieces to collectors outside Greece. The report also hinted that objects with "good" recording histories are in such short supply that newly surfaced antiquities are required to top up the depleted "reserves".


  • Report from BBC: "Greek police seize 'smuggled' ancient treasure" (October 7, 2011)


Bookmark and Share so Your Real Friends Know that You Know

Comments

kyri said…
i have seen the press photos of the helmets,they are illyrian helmets variant 111 type ,exactly the same as the ones found at sindos,6th cen BC.the gold masks are nothing like the one published by the bbc which was found by schliemann.a good catch by the greek police in these troubled times.
ps;i dont know why you have to be so politically corect david,do all academics have to use bce instead of bc now.
kyri.
David Gill said…
Dear Kyri
Yes, the Illyrian helmets do appear to be similar to those found at Sindos. But remember that this style is also found in tombs in FYROM, for example, with the Koreshnica krater. Sindos also has a number of gold "masks" associated with the helmets. (There is an excellent catalogue of the finds.)
There has been much tweeting of late about BC / BCE and AD / CE. I have adopted the housestyle of several academic journals and used BCE / CE. My personal preference would be to use BC / AD.
And thank you for reminding us of the problem of "stock" photographs used by news agencies.
Best wishes
David
Paul Barford said…
Changing the subject (sorry)... David, I really object to this BCE nonsense, WHOSE "common era" is it supposed to be? Moslems too? Its not "common" at all, just common to all those that date things using a calendar relative to the supposed date of the birth of Christ whether or not he is seen as the Incarnation of God. What is the difference between AD and AUC or AH? The common era of various other cultures begins with a different "year 0". I really do not see the problem with using "BC" in the context of Western culture. The PC mob will be wanting us to change the names of the days and months soon and the names of past NASA space rocket series (most named after pagan gods). Rant over.
Anonymous said…
David,

Please make sure your readers learn about the new proposals for Bulgaria and Belize:

http://exchanges.state.gov/media/office-of-policy-and-evaluation/chc/pdfs/2011frnbzbgcpac.pdf

Avatar

Popular posts from this blog

The scale of the returns to Italy

I have been busy working on an overview, "Returning Archaeological Objects to Italy". The scale of the returns to Italy from North American collections and galleries is staggering: in excess of 350 objects. This is clearly the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the material that has surfaced on the market without a history that can be traced back to the period before 1970. 

I will provide more information in due course, but the researcher is a reminder that we need to take due diligence seriously when it comes to making acquisitions.

Stele returns to Greece

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture has announced (Saturday 8 September 2018) that a stele that had been due to be auctioned at Sotheby's in London in June 2017 has been returned to Greece (Friday 7 September 2018). The identification had been made by Cambridge-based forensic archaeologist Dr Christos Tsirogiannis.

It appeared that the stele had been supplied with a falsified history as its presence with Becchina until 1990 contradicted the published sale catalogue entry. It then moved into the hands of George Ortiz.

A year ago it was suggested that Sotheby's should contact the Greek authorities. Those negotiations appear to have concluded successfully.

The 4th century BC stele fragment, with the personal name, Hestiaios, will be displayed in the Epigraphic Museum in Athens. It appears to have come from a cemetery in Attica.



"Beating sites to death"

Policy decisions for protecting archaeological sites need to be informed by carefully argued positions based on data. Dr Sam Hardy has produced an important study, “Metal detecting for cultural objects until ‘there is nothing left’: The potential and limits of digital data, netnographic data and market data for analysis”. Arts 7, 3 (2018) [online]. This builds on Hardy's earlier research.

Readers should note Hardy's conclusion about his findings: "they corroborate the detecting community’s own perception that they are ‘beat[ing these sites] to death’".

Pieterjan Deckers, Andres Dobat, Natasha Ferguson, Stijn Heeren, Michael Lewis, and Suzie Thomas may wish to reflect on whether or not their own position is endangering the finite archaeological record. 

Abstract
This methodological study assesses the potential for automatically generated data, netnographic data and market data on metal-detecting to advance cultural property criminology. The method comprises the analysi…