In response to the increasing number of claims from foreign governments claiming their artifacts were looted (and subsequent legal actions or threatened sanctions resulting from these claims) museums in the United States have begun to preemptively return antiquities to their home countries. Read about it in the New York Times here.
Its not often that you see developers seek out historic designation, but in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood the director of an adaptive reuse project is seeing dollar signs. Read about it here.
Keeping an eye on issues outside the U.S., you may find this story about the sale of sacred masks in Canada to be interesting. It has sparked a new debate on the nature of cultural property protections to the North. Consider how this situation might have been decided in the U.S. based on laws like NAGPRA. Read about the masks here.
On February 2, 2013 it will have been a century since the doors of Grand Central Terminal opened to the public. This incredible structure is not only of great architectural significance, but is an icon of preservation law. Take a look at the history of its construction and some incredible pictures here. In related news, architecture critic and preservationist Ada Louise Huxtable died earlier this month at 91. For more information on her life’s work, read this New York Times article.
If you thought that you could escape the mention of reality television by reading about preservation law, think again... One of the Real Housewives of Miami is involved in a battle against the Miami preservationists who are trying to save the rapidly changing beachfront. Intrigued? Check it out here in the New York Times. I promise... There will be no mention of Honey Boo Boo!
You may or may not have been following the case of the “stolen” T-Rex skeleton in the news, but you might be interested to know that you could face 17 years in prison for stealing dinosaur bones. In this ongoing case it has been contended that “fossils and ancient skeletal remains are part of the fabric of a country’s natural history and cultural heritage, and black marketers... who illegally export and sell these wonders, steal a slice of that history.” Check out what the press has to say here.