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Almost 1,000 years ago a ship sank off the coast of Caesarea carrying a fortune in gold.

Israel Gold2,600 pure gold coins minted by the Fatimid Caliphs in Egypt around A.D. 1017.  


Artifacts from Auschwitz… Would you want them on your mantle?

Why do you think someone would want to steal and keep an artifact from Auschwitz?   


New Egyptian survey of ancient quarries near Aswan reveal…

There is so much left to be discovered about the past.  This is a good example.  These previously unrecorded petroglyphs show a rare depiction of obelisks being cut and loaded onto boats 3,000 years ago.



Hopi tribe demands French stop sale of historic katchina masks.

Hopi Katchinashttp://hyperallergic.com/213418/hopi-tribe-fights-to-halt-french-sales-of-sacred-artifacts-for-good/

So, here’s the question:  If your great-great-great grandfather sold a crucifix he made, and it was legally bought and sold by people around the world for generations–can you today demand that it be given back to you because its a sacred artifact?  Should sacred artifacts be treated differently under the law?  

What do you think?


Archaeologists and criminologists are working together to try and stop the illicit trade in artifacts.

Pakistan stolen artifactshttp://www.historytoday.com/donna-yates/trafficking-culture

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