News Archive
August 7, 2007

Since their first invention in western Turkey in the late seventh century B.C., coins have been struck in precious metals and copper alloys, and since that time they have been lost, buried in hoards, placed in graves, or otherwise left behind for archaeologists to find. When coins are found as part of a scientific excavation, they can make an immense contribution to our understanding of ancient society. In this effort, numismatists and archaeologists can work hand in hand, facilitating discoveries and interpretations that neither discipline could produce in isolation.

July 1, 2007

A new AIA mission to conserve ancient sites

April 16, 2007

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) notes with approval the moratorium on the acquisition of undocumented antiquities declared by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) on April 16, 2007, which will remain in effect while the IMA "evaluates and reframes" its current policies on the collection of antiquities and ancient art.

April 15, 2007

At the annual meeting of the American Oriental Society (AOS), a special panel presented the information that a relatively modest outlay of funds could help protect the more aggressively looted sites in Iraq.

February 3, 2007

As President of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), I am writing to express my strong support on behalf of the AIA for the inclusion of coins as a designated category of archaeological material in the extension of the bilateral agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the United States under Section 303 of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. Our support for inclusion of coins applies only to those coins that are more than 250 years old and that are found on Cyprus.

January 28, 2007

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State is asking for additional public comment on the inclusion of ancient coins in the Cypriot request for import restrictions.

January 5, 2007

An unprecedented international agreement to combat the destruction of the archaeological record and the depredations caused by looting and the illegal trade in undocumented antiquities was signed at the Annual Meeting by the AIA, German Archaeological Institute, and the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

January 3, 2007

Patty Gerstenblith, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

January 3, 2007

Patty Gerstenblith, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

December 19, 2006

As President of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), I am writing to express my strong support on behalf of the AIA for the request by the Government of Cyprus to renew the U.S.-Cyprus MOU imposing import restrictions on Classical and Pre-Classical archaeological materials and on Byzantine ecclesiastical material from Cyprus under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention.

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