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Stolen Egyptian Artefacts found in Cyprus set to be returned.

14 Artefacts including 13 amulets and an alabaster vase are set to be returned to Egypt from Cyprus. Continue reading “Stolen Egyptian Artefacts found in Cyprus set to be returned.”

Hundreds of Stolen Artefacts sold on Ebay

A 56 year-old male employee of the Orleans Museum of Natural History located South of Paris has been handed a 3 month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the theft of 666 stones and fossils dating back to the Neolithic era.

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Indigenous artefacts found at Sydney light rail construction site, calls to halt work 

There are calls for construction to stop on a section of Sydney’s new south-east light rail line after tens of thousands of Indigenous artefacts were discovered there. Continue reading “Indigenous artefacts found at Sydney light rail construction site, calls to halt work “

Western Australian Government deny Aboriginal site has heritage value

The Western Australian government says that a site where thousands of Aboriginal artefacts were discovered in the 1970’s Continue reading “Western Australian Government deny Aboriginal site has heritage value”

1941 – Siege of Leningrad begins

8 September – On this day

The Siege of Leningrad was a prolonged military blockade undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad—historically and currently known as Saint Petersburg—in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II. Continue reading “1941 – Siege of Leningrad begins”

French couple arrested for looting

Spanish police have arrested a French couple for looting the Empuries archaeological site. The police found a number of artefacts in the couple’s car in addition to tools associated with archaeologists including metal detectors. Upon closer inspection police discovered 33 holes at the site.


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Khaled al-Asaad Beheaded

Reports from a number of sources indicate that 82 year old archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad has been beheaded by Islamic State for refusing to reveal the location of hidden artefacts from the site of Palmyra. The Syrian archaeologist had devoted much of his life to this site

It is a sad thing for a life to be lost in such tragic circumstances defending the shared cultural heritage many of us love, all of us at History Bytes send our condolences to his family and colleagues.

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