The Big Thaw: Russia’s disappearing permafrost

Sky News published this video item, entitled “The Big Thaw: Russia’s disappearing permafrost” – below is their description. Expanses of Russia’s permafrost in the Arctic Circle is thawing – revealing fascinating prehistoric artefacts but also releasing carbon into the atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gases. Read more from correspondent Diana Magnay, including an graphic … Read more The Big Thaw: Russia’s disappearing permafrost

Divers finish work to recover centuries-old treasure from shipwrecks in Singapore waters

South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Divers finish work to recover centuries-old treasure from shipwrecks in Singapore waters” – below is their description. Divers have recently concluded work to recover centuries-old Chinese porcelain and artefacts from two historic shipwrecks found in 2015 off the coast of Singapore. The discovery of the ancient … Read more Divers finish work to recover centuries-old treasure from shipwrecks in Singapore waters

Ancient Sanxingdui culture challenges traditional narrative of Chinese civilisation

South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Ancient Sanxingdui culture challenges traditional narrative of Chinese civilisation” – below is their description. The Sanxingdui site in southwest China’s Sichuan province is one of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries. Thousands of remarkable artefacts, dating back to the 12th and 11th centuries BC, have been … Read more Ancient Sanxingdui culture challenges traditional narrative of Chinese civilisation

US returns 1000-year-old artefacts to Thailand after a three-year lawsuit

South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “US returns 1000-year-old artefacts to Thailand after a three-year lawsuit” – below is their description. Thailand has held a welcome ceremony to mark the return of two 1000-year-old artefacts from the US. The two hand-carved sandstone temple lintels were smuggled out of Thailand and sent to … Read more US returns 1000-year-old artefacts to Thailand after a three-year lawsuit

‘Dark Side of the Boom’: Exploring the hidden parts of the contemporary art market

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “‘Dark Side of the Boom’: Exploring the hidden parts of the contemporary art market” – below is their description. Objects of beauty, artefacts reflecting the societies we live in or provocative, costly flights of fancy: contemporary art has no simple definition. Yet its value has never been more … Read more ‘Dark Side of the Boom’: Exploring the hidden parts of the contemporary art market

Africa’s stolen treasures: Time to give them back? | To The Point

DW News published this video item, entitled “Africa’s stolen treasures: Time to give them back? | To The Point” – below is their description. Germany has, it seems, accepted that it must return priceless works of art looted and stolen during colonial times. Most spectacularly, authorities here in Berlin have now agreed to hand back … Read more Africa’s stolen treasures: Time to give them back? | To The Point

Germany to return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria: A new era for stolen artefacts? | DW News

DW News published this video item, entitled “Germany to return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria: A new era for stolen artefacts? | DW News” – below is their description. It’s being called a game changer – and the start of a new era. Germany has promised to begin returning the artefacts known as the Benin Bronzes … Read more Germany to return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria: A new era for stolen artefacts? | DW News

Smuggled artefacts return to Afghan national museum from US

South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Smuggled artefacts return to Afghan national museum from US” – below is their description. Artefacts smuggled from Afghanistan to the US were returned to the Afghan National Museum on April 29, 2021. The 33 cultural relics were seized from a New York-based art dealer between 2012 … Read more Smuggled artefacts return to Afghan national museum from US

Who owns the Benin bronzes? | The Stream

Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Who owns the Benin bronzes? | The Stream” – below is their description. In 1897, British troops looted thousands of bronze sculptures and artefacts from the African Kingdom of Benin, located in present-day southern Nigeria. Bronze plaques, masks and other objects have over the years scattered around … Read more Who owns the Benin bronzes? | The Stream

UK university’s return of looted Benin Bronze puts pressure on other institutions

Channel 4 News published this video item, entitled “UK university’s return of looted Benin Bronze puts pressure on other institutions” – below is their description. Aberdeen University has become the first British institution to announce that it plans to return artefacts looted in the late 19th century from what is now part of Nigeria. The … Read more UK university’s return of looted Benin Bronze puts pressure on other institutions

Archaeologists find treasures from mystery civilisation could rewrite Chinese history

South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Archaeologists find treasures from mystery civilisation could rewrite Chinese history” – below is their description. A massive dig unearthed over 500 sophisticated artefacts in the Sanxingdui archaeological site in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan. The dig, which started in 2019, found treasures that had no apparent … Read more Archaeologists find treasures from mystery civilisation could rewrite Chinese history

Looted art: Pillaged war zones make for a lucrative black market

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Looted art: Pillaged war zones make for a lucrative black market” – below is their description. The international market for rare archaeological artefacts can be extremely lucrative, providing a huge incentive for looters keen to get rich quick. In recent years, wars and instability in Syria, Iraq, Libya and … Read more Looted art: Pillaged war zones make for a lucrative black market

Indonesians seek return of artefacts stolen by Dutch

Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Indonesians seek return of artefacts stolen by Dutch” – below is their description. For more than 300 years, the Netherlands colonised what is now modern-day Indonesia and took thousands of cultural and religious artefacts. After years of negotiation, the Dutch government returned some items last year. Indonesian … Read more Indonesians seek return of artefacts stolen by Dutch

Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old coffins at Saqqara necropolis

Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old coffins at Saqqara necropolis” – below is their description. Egypt has announced another major archaeological discovery in Saqqara: a temple dedicated to a mysterious queen whose pyramid they found years ago. Her name has been revealed as Neit, wife of King Teti. They have … Read more Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old coffins at Saqqara necropolis

Covid-19 pandemic sees sharp rise in looting of antiquities in Iraq

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Covid-19 pandemic sees sharp rise in looting of antiquities in Iraq” – below is their description. In #Iraq, the looting of artefacts has been on the rise since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the coronavirus, few tourists or foreign archaeologists now visit historical sites. … Read more Covid-19 pandemic sees sharp rise in looting of antiquities in Iraq