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Publication of Unprovenanced Artifacts

Statement of Concern

Correction to Statement of Concern

List of Signatories

How to become a signatory

Response of the Archaeological Institute of America

Comments by Philippe de Montebello, Director, Metropolitan Museum

What Were the Elgin Marbles? by John Boardman

Publication of Unprovenanced Artifacts

More than a hundred scholars have already signed the following Statement of Concern regarding the publication of unprovenanced articles. Click on the following links to read The Statement of Concern and the names of the signatories.

If you would like to become a signatory (the signatories are limited to archaeologists and scholars who deal with archaeological materials from the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean basin), please email your name, title, affiliation and area of interest to

The response of the Archaeological Institute of America to the petition can be found here.

A Correction to the Statement of Concern can be found here.

Comments by Philippe de Montebello, Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art, regarding unprovenanced artifacts can be found by clicking here.

Read comments here on a related topic—whether the Elgin Marbles should stay in London or be repatriated back to Greece—by scholar John Boardman in the Wall Street Journal.

News coverage on the Statement of Concern:

Must Looted Relics Be Ignored? New York Times

NYU Gift Kicks Up More Dust Science

Archaeologists Decry Proposal on Artifacts Chronicle of Higher Education

BAR editor Hershel Shanks’s editorial in The Jewish Week



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