Category: Ricardo Elia

Can the World Save Antiquities Under Terrorist Threat?

Asia Society “Asia Blog” Ricardo Elia, College of Arts & Sciences Last month, the jihadist extremist group the Islamic State (known locally as “Daesh”) ransacked the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, looting museums and demolishing millennia-old structures such as the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel… Expert quote: “Looting is a function of a system that […]

Should Syria’s Smuggled Antiquities Be Repatriated Before the Conflict Ends?

Foreign Policy Journal Ricardo Elia, College of Arts & Sciences Officials and citizens in Syria continue organizing grass roots heritage campaigns and workshops to save our shared global heritage… Expert quote: “It was only a matter of time before some in the art-collecting community tried to turn this cultural nightmare to their own advantage by […]

Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities

New York Times (subscription required) Ricardo Elia, College of Arts & Sciences Assyrian relics that have stood for 3,000 years smashed and desecrated… Expert quote: “It was only a matter of time before some in the art-collecting community tried to turn this cultural nightmare to their own advantage.” View full article

Museum of Fine Arts returns 8 artifacts to Nigeria

Boston Globe (subscription required) Ricardo Elia, College of Arts & Sciences Eight Nigerian artifacts that were probably stolen decades ago and illegally sent to the United States have been returned to the West African country by the Museum of Fine Arts, according to museum officials, who said Nigerian authorities planned to announce the transfer on […]