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15228Re: [ANE-2] Cornell to return 10,000 ancient tablets to Iraq

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  • Joe Zias
    Nov 4, 2013
      Buying antiquities  valued at $ 50,000 and then donating them to some worthy cause at a tax deductible value of $900,000 dollars should have ended long ago. We were tipped off by a similiar case here, very well known, prominent  prof. convinced a fund raiser to buy antiquities from a dealer for what was believed to be ca 80,000 dollars and then they would be donated to a university/museum with a statement evidently from the 'scholar' that they were worth a quarter of million dollars. The would be recipients of the donation requested a independent evaluation which showed that, according to sources, the items were valued at ca 10,000 US dollars as many were forged.

      This form of increasing the value of a tax deductible donation should have come to an end long ago, at least the collector here, much to his credit returned them to their place of origin. I remember seeing such items freely available in the London mkts in the 90's sold for a pittance, some of which had been read by scholars for the dealer/collector.

      Joe Zias www.joezias.org


      Science and Antiquity - Jerusalem
      Jerusalem, Israel

      On Sunday, November 3, 2013 10:14 PM, Peter T. Daniels <grammatim@...> wrote:
      The headline says 10,000; the body of the story [distributed by Jack Sasson] says 1,679. The latter is compatible with the assertion that they've been published in "more than 16" (why couldn't they say "17"?) volumes. 
      Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
      Jersey City

      From: Charles E. Jones <cejo@...>
      To: "iraqcrisis@..." <iraqcrisis@...>; ANE-2 <ANE-2@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, November 3, 2013 2:19 PM
      Subject: [ANE-2] Cornell to return 10,000 ancient tablets to Iraq

      Cornell to return 10,000 ancient tablets to Iraq
      Forfeiture of private collection detailing ancient daily life may be largest return of antiquities by a U.S. university.
      By Jason Felch
      6:30 AM PST, November 3, 2013

      Cornell University is preparing to forfeit to Iraq a
      vast collection of ancient cuneiform tablets in what is expected to be
      one of the largest returns of antiquities by an American university.
      The 10,000 inscribed clay blocks date from the 4th millenium BC and
      offer scholars an unmatched record of daily life in ancient Mesopotamia,
      the cradle of civilization

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