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Roman fresco found beneath 19th century painting

Employing the same imaging technology used in airports to visually scan passengers going through security, researchers have found an ancient Roman fresco beneath the surface of a 19th century painting in the Louvre. "No previous imaging technique, including almost half a dozen commonly used to detect hidden images below paintings, forged

When ancient artifacts become political pawns

The New York Times has an interesting piece about how Egypt's requests for the return of artifacts is motivated by politics as much as it is by culture. Mr. Hawass also recently fired a shot at France, demanding the Louvre return five fresco fragments it purchased in 2000 and 2003 from

Louvre to return Egyptian burial frescoes

The Louvre museum in Paris, France, will return five Egyptian frescoes that were stolen from a tomb in the 1980s. The announcement comes two days after the head of antiquities in Cairo said he would cease all co-operation with the museum until they were sent back. The Egyptians say the Louvre bought

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