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Statues stolen from Sudan museum

Three statues dating back to 450 B.C. have been stolen from a museum in northern Sudan. Their disappearance underscores the lack of protection afforded Sudan's rich but under-developed archaeological heritage. "They are small statues, about 10-15cm high but it's very significant because the Napatan kingdom is one of the important periods in

Egyptian statue mysteriously spins in museum display case

An Egyptian statue at the Manchester Museum in England is attracting attention after it began mysteriously spinning, completing a full counter-clockwise rotation over a period of 7 days. Check out the article for a time-lapse video! The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, was found in a mummy’s

Artifacts stolen from Lebanon archaeology museum

Thirty artifacts have been stolen from the archaeology museum in the Jbeil district of Lebanon in a a daring nighttime raid. The artifacts were stolen by thieves overnight and were easily carried out of the museum, Layoun said in a statement after visiting Jbeil earlier in the day. He added that the

Authorities empty Syria’s museums of treasures

Syrian museums are being emptied to prevent the treasures inside from being looted due to increasing tensions in the country. "We emptied Syria's museums. They are in effect empty halls, with the exception of large pieces that are difficult to move," Abdulkarim told Reuters during a visit to neighbouring Jordan. Tens of

British Museum considering loaning Elgin Marbles

The British Museum is considering loaning the Elgin Marbles to Greece, but not permanently returning them. The British Museum said it was “open to discussions regarding a short-term loan of some of the objects but not a permanent return. “The trustees of the British Museum will consider -- subject to the usual

Holocaust victim ordered to return ancient artifact

A court in Brooklyn has ordered the family of a Holocaust survivor to return a 3,200-year-old Assyrian tablet to a German museum. The decision turns on its head the familiar scenario of Holocaust victims suing to reclaim property stolen or extorted from them by the Nazis. But in this case, according

Professional thieves steal Chinese artifacts in second heist

The Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University has fallen victim to a daring heist which was responsible for stealing 18 ancient Chinese artifacts, two weeks after a similar robbery at Durham University. The Fitzwilliam Museum theft saw the loss of eighteen items including a Ming jade cup from the 14th century, eight

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