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Mexico alleges New York of autioning the illegally obtained pre-Columbian artifacts


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Archaeologists uncover ancient Egyptian zodiac murals beneath dirt

Sagittarius in the Ancient Egyptian style
Courtesy- HypeArt

Archaeologists with the University of Tübingen, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, uncovered ancient Egyptian murals depicting thezodiac signs beneath 2,000 years of grime and soot in the Temple of Esna. The archaeologists have been working to restore the temple, which lies on the West Bank of the Nile, near the city of Luxor, which was once known as Thebes. “The zodiac was used to decorate private tombs and sarcophagi and was of great importance in astrological texts, such as horoscopes found inscribed on pottery sherds,” Dr. Daniel von Recklinghausen, a Tübingen researcher, said in a press release. “However, it is rare in temple decoration: Apart from Esna, there are only two completely preserved versions left, both from Dendera.” Read more on HypeArt.

Mexico alleges New York of autioning the illegally obtained pre-Columbian artifacts

The cover for the catalogue for a September 28, 2022, auction held by New York’s Arte Primitivo-Howard S. Rose Gallery
Courtesy- Art News

It was the morning of July 11, 2022, when the Consul General of Mexico in New York City, Jorge Islas López, appeared at Arte Primitivo-Howard S. Rose Gallery. He was there as a representative of Mexico, trying to stop an auction and requesting the return of pre-Columbian goods that were being marketed online by the gallery. That day, he filed a reportwith Manhattan DA’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit. An investigation was launched. That morning, Mexico rejected the auction on social media, as part of #MiPatrimonioNoSeVende (MyHeritageIsNotForSale), an online campaign that is led by the Mexican government. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of archeological goods that belong to Mexico and that are abroad illegally. Details on Art News.

Hamline University President to Retire Following Campus Controversy

Fayneese Miller

Hamline University President Fayneese S. Miller, who was embroiled in a controversy earlier this year over the school’s dismissal of an art history adjunct professor, announced that she will step down from the position in June 2024. Miller, who became the Minnesota university’s first Black president after taking the position in 2015, initially defended the administration’s decision to not renew the employment contract for Erica López Prater, a lecturer accused of Islamophobia for displaying images of the Prophet Muhammad in a classroom. During a remote class, Prater had displayed historical images of the Prophet Muhammad dated from the 14th to 16th centuries, after making warnings to students about the imagery. The move and its aftermath attracted debates about the tension between academic and religious freedom on college campuses. Read more on Religion News Service.

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