ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:11:47 -0400 Fri, 04/15/2022 - 16:08 US investigation leads to return of Madagascar fossils https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-investigation-leads-return-madagascar-fossils ICE's HSI Detroit repatriated two ammonite fossils to Madagascar April 4. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-investigation-leads-return-madagascar-fossils Fri, 04/15/2022 - 16:08 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations US investigation leads to return of gold ingots, other historical artifacts to France https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-investigation-leads-return-gold-ingots-other-historical-artifacts-france The artifacts were transferred from HSI to Honorable Phillippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States, during a repatriation ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Among the repatriated artifacts were a gold coin (3rd century) and five gold ingots (18th century), recovered from the ocean floor where they had remained for centuries, and a human skull (18th century) that was stolen from Paris’ catacombs. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-investigation-leads-return-gold-ingots-other-historical-artifacts-france Wed, 03/02/2022 - 17:35 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Pre-Columbian clay ancient artifacts returned to the Dominican Republic https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/pre-columbian-clay-ancient-artifacts-returned-dominican-republic There were 28 suspected Pre-Columbian stones and one piece of wooden art identified after a CBP inspection of an incoming ferry boat. Experts from the Puerto Rico Archeological Department indicated that some of the artifacts belonged to the Taino Indian culture and were considered archaeological objects. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/pre-columbian-clay-ancient-artifacts-returned-dominican-republic Fri, 02/25/2022 - 10:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns ancient artifacts to the Republic of Iraq https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-ancient-artifacts-republic-iraq One of the artifacts is a partial cuneiform stone tablet. Experts say it is thousands of years old and may have left the country during looting at the start of the 20th century. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-ancient-artifacts-republic-iraq Thu, 01/20/2022 - 10:28 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations HSI, US State Department return stolen artifacts to Mali https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-us-state-department-return-stolen-artifacts-mali Among the repatriated artifacts were six large funerary urns (circa 900-1700 A.D.); a comb-impressed red slip double cup vessel (circa 800-1500 A.D.); a high-necked polychrome pot (circa 1100-1400 A.D.); and 913 ground and flax stones and axe heads from the Neolithic Period.    https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-us-state-department-return-stolen-artifacts-mali Mon, 11/22/2021 - 12:14 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations US returns stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in repatriation ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-returns-stolen-ancient-artifacts-iraq-repatriation-ceremony The “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet,” originated in what is now modern-day Iraq and entered the United States in violation of federal law. An international auction house (the “Auction House”) later sold the tablet to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (“Hobby Lobby”), an arts-and-crafts retailer based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for display at the Museum of the Bible. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-returns-stolen-ancient-artifacts-iraq-repatriation-ceremony Fri, 09/24/2021 - 12:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns ancient stone lintels to Thailand https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-ancient-stone-lintels-thailand In May 2017, the Ministry of Culture notified HSI Bangkok that two stolen sandstone lintels, from Khmer era sanctuaries, were exhibited at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. A lintel is an architectural support and artistic element of a structure which is placed over a doorway or window. The artifacts were stolen from northeastern Thailand sometime during the late 1950s or early 1960s.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-ancient-stone-lintels-thailand Tue, 06/29/2021 - 13:38 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations HSI returns stolen sacred artifacts to Thailand in commemoration ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-returns-stolen-sacred-artifacts-thailand-commemoration-ceremony The return of the lintels to Thailand marks the culmination of a three-year probe by HSI Bangkok, HSI San Francisco, and subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Calif., that resulted in the City of San Francisco’s forfeiture of the sacred artifacts that had been on exhibit at the city’s Asian Art Museum. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-returns-stolen-sacred-artifacts-thailand-commemoration-ceremony Wed, 05/26/2021 - 10:20 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations HSI El Paso returns more than 500 pre-Hispanic era artifacts to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-returns-more-500-pre-hispanic-era-artifacts-mexico The pieces include stone arrowheads, knife blades and tools that were illegally imported into the United States from Mexico and offered for sale. The pre-Hispanic period refers to the time before the Spanish conquests in the Western Hemisphere. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-returns-more-500-pre-hispanic-era-artifacts-mexico Thu, 04/15/2021 - 10:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations HSI Arizona returns hundreds of pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arizona-returns-hundreds-pre-columbian-artifacts-mexico The HSI Phoenix case began Oct. 8, 2013, when special agents were contacted by a representative of the Chandler Historical Society regarding multiple suspected pre-Columbian Chinesco-Western pottery figures with origins as far back as 100 B.C., which were in the possession of the City of Chandler Museum. HSI special agents promptly met with the museum’s director who turned over 10 Shaft Tomb artifacts for further review and investigation. Through an archeological expert analysis, the authenticity of these artifacts was confirmed as being more than 1,500 years old and originating from Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arizona-returns-hundreds-pre-columbian-artifacts-mexico Tue, 03/09/2021 - 09:37 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations HSI Pacific Northwest investigation, CBP seizure result in transfer of 51 ancient coins to University of Washington for historical research https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-pacific-northwest-investigation-cbp-seizure-result-transfer-51-ancient-coins A Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe and Customs and Border Protection seizure resulted in the transfer of 51 Greek Hellenistic and early Islamic coins to the University of Washington Libraries in a ceremony hosted on the UW campus, Thursday. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-pacific-northwest-investigation-cbp-seizure-result-transfer-51-ancient-coins Fri, 02/19/2021 - 08:46 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations HSI investigation leads to the return of 2 Thai religious relics reported stolen by Thailand and displayed at San Francisco Asian Art Museum https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-return-2-thai-religious-relics-reported-stolen-thailand-and The Thai lintels are two 1,500-pound hand-carved decorative relics which, according to court documents, were originally part of ancient religious temples in Thailand and are prime examples of the decorative lintel and material art traditions of Southeast Asian art. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-return-2-thai-religious-relics-reported-stolen-thailand-and Wed, 02/10/2021 - 14:05 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns 9th century manuscripts, Roman coin to Italy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-9th-century-manuscripts-roman-coin-italy The repatriation Thursday highlights the unique relationship between HSI and Italy, particularly with the in investigating and repatriating cultural property. To date, HSI’s attaché office in Rome has conducted more than 60 investigations in coordination with Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-9th-century-manuscripts-roman-coin-italy Fri, 10/30/2020 - 07:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE recovers 19th century painting stolen from Italian monastery https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-19th-century-painting-stolen-italian-monastery HSI Dallas was able to locate the painting after receiving a tip from the HSI Attaché Office in Rome, Italy, in 2019. Based on that tip, HSI tracked the painting to a private art collector in the Dallas-area who had purchased the painting in 2015 from a dealer who was unaware that it was stolen. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-19th-century-painting-stolen-italian-monastery Thu, 09/03/2020 - 14:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Los Angeles-area man charged with unlawfully importing ancient mosaic https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-charged-unlawfully-importing-ancient-mosaic Mohamad Yassin Alcharihi, 53, was named in an indictment that charges him with one count of entry of goods into the United States falsely classified as to quality and value. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-charged-unlawfully-importing-ancient-mosaic Fri, 07/24/2020 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Brooklyn man indicted on cultural artifacts smuggling charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/brooklyn-man-indicted-cultural-artifacts-smuggling-charges Following an investigation by ICE’s HSI New York’s CPAA unit with assistance from U.S. CBP, Ashraf Omar Eldarir, a U.S. citizen, is being charged with smuggling Egyptian cultural property into the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/brooklyn-man-indicted-cultural-artifacts-smuggling-charges Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Civil action filed to forfeit rare cuneiform tablet from Hobby Lobby https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civil-action-filed-forfeit-rare-cuneiform-tablet-hobby-lobby Pursuant to ongoing Cultural Property, Arts & Antiquities investigations by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, a civil complaint was filed Monday to forfeit a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian epic poem considered one the world’s oldest works of literature. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civil-action-filed-forfeit-rare-cuneiform-tablet-hobby-lobby Mon, 05/18/2020 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations 2 historic Khmer statues returned to Cambodia https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-historic-khmer-statues-returned-cambodia The first item is an 11th Century sandstone Khmer statue torso of the Khleang style wearing a Khmer sampot, a traditional garment of Cambodia. The second item, dated between the early 10th to late 10th century, is a large gray sandstone Khmer statue torso of an unidentified deity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-historic-khmer-statues-returned-cambodia Thu, 04/09/2020 - 15:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI Wilmington and Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office recover most rare stolen Christopher Columbus letter https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-and-delaware-us-attorneys-office-recover-most-rare-stolen Following a lengthy investigation by HSI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, and the Italian Carabinieri Command for Protection of Cultural Heritage, investigators determined that, sometime in or around 1875, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, Italy acquired a copy of the Columbus Letter-Plannck I, described above. At an unknown time between 1985 and 1988, the Columbus Letter-Plannck I was stolen from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-and-delaware-us-attorneys-office-recover-most-rare-stolen Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Collection of historic stone projectile points returned to R.I. Haffenreffer Museum following HSI probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/collection-historic-stone-projectile-points-returned-ri-haffenreffer-museum-following The stone projectile points, used primarily for hunting, were unearthed by Harrie M. Wheeler, a noted Rhode Island collector and amateur archeologist, during excavations that he conducted between 1928 and 1950 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/collection-historic-stone-projectile-points-returned-ri-haffenreffer-museum-following Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI San Francisco facilitates gift of paintings to the Philippines https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-san-francisco-facilitates-gift-paintings-philippines In June 2019, HSI was contacted by the son of a former U.S. soldier who had legally purchased two Fernando Amorsolo paintings while stationed in the Philippines near the end of World War II. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-san-francisco-facilitates-gift-paintings-philippines Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI Wilmington Delaware Christopher Columbus letter probe to be featured on 60 Minutes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-delaware-christopher-columbus-letter-probe-be-featured-60-minutes Since September 2011, HSI has been conducting an international cultural property investigation relating to several historically significant, printed letters authored by explorer Christopher Columbus during his return trip from the New World in 1493. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-delaware-christopher-columbus-letter-probe-be-featured-60-minutes Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns 6th century BCE marble statue to Libya https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-6th-century-bce-marble-statue-libya ICE's HSI International Operations Division Chief Leo Lin returned a sixth century marble statue known as the “Head of a Veiled Woman,” during a repatriation ceremony at the Libyan Embassy, Thursday. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-6th-century-bce-marble-statue-libya Fri, 10/04/2019 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Ancient gold coffin repatriated to Egypt in New York ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-gold-coffin-repatriated-egypt-new-york-ceremony The Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh was presented to the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Hassan Shoukry who accepted the piece on behalf of the people of Egypt. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-gold-coffin-repatriated-egypt-new-york-ceremony Thu, 09/26/2019 - 10:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI New York kicks off Virtual Global Taskforce in London, centered on Arts and Antiquities https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-new-york-kicks-virtual-global-taskforce-london-centered-arts-and-antiquities U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, with the assistance of HSI’s attaché office in London and London’s Metropolitan Police Service, kicked off the first meeting of the Virtual Global Cultural Property Task Force (VGCPTF). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-new-york-kicks-virtual-global-taskforce-london-centered-arts-and-antiquities Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations