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Ancient Aboriginal rock art—removed by museum staff in the 1960s in an act of ‘official vandalism’—returns home

Sixty years after they were sawn from an ancient rock art gallery, the Preminghana petroglyphs are being returned to Tasmania’s Aboriginal community and their original site in the north-west of the Australian island state.The handover was announced in February 2021 by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in Hobart and its precursor, the Royal Society of Tasmania, as part of a wide-ranging apology ...

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Badger Unearths Ancient Roman Coins in Spain—and More Art News – ARTnews.com

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines HANG ON TO YOUR (BOWLER) HATS. A 1961 René Magritte painting is set to hit the block at Sotheby’s London in March with an estimate in excess of £45 million (about $60 million), Angelica Villa reports in ARTnews. Backed with a guarantee, it is positioned to trounce the artist’s previous auction record of $26.8 million, which was set in 2018 , also ...

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Ancient Rock Art in Texas ‘Irreparably Damaged’ by Vandals – ARTnews.com

A grouping of ancient rock carvings in Texas’s Big Bend National Park were vandalized at the end of December, the National Park Service said last week. Authorities warned that the vandalism is not reversible. The rock carvings, known as petroglyphs, are sited in an area known as Indian Head. They date back multiple millennia, though it has not yet been possible for experts to ...

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Ancient Dog Statue, Tombs Found in Rome – ARTnews.com

Because of its long history, Rome has often yielded archaeological treasures in the most unexpected of places. The latest of these riches is an ancient dog statue, which was discovered during work on Rome’s water system just before Christmas. An arm of the Italian Ministry of Culture devoted to archaeological endeavors announced the find on January 1, saying that the dog statue was found ...

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McDonald’s Loses Appeal to Build Drive-Through at Ancient Site in Rome – ARTnews.com

McDonald’s has locations in every corner of the world, from San Bernardino, California, where it was founded, to Astana, Kazakstan. One place it won’t have an eatery is the Baths of Caracalla, an ancient site in Rome where the fast food chain was trying to open a drive-through. Italy’s Council of State has officially nixed McDonald’s plan, which would have entailed an 8,600-square-foot restaurant ...

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Read the 15 Most Popular Artnet News Stories of 2021, From the Discovery of Ancient Footprints to the Man Who Sold an Invisible Sculpture

Your clicks have spoken. As in years past, readers came to our stories looking for insights and analysis, but also a good ol’ bit of fun. Whether in search of news, intelligence, or in the hopes of coming upon a joyous surprise, readers flocked to our coverage this year. Here are the 15 most popular stories of the year. A Corona satellite launch at ...

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From ancient footprint art to a ‘lost golden city’ – here’s the top archaeological discoveries of 2021

THIS year has produced some pretty amazing archaeological discoveries and we've rounded up four of the best. From ancient footprint art to a 'lost golden city', these 2021 finds may just blow your mind. The 'Golden City of Luxor' 5Egyptian archaeologists discovered Aten or 'the lost golden city' which is believed to be the largest ancient city ever discovered in EgyptCredit: Getty5One of the ...

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A History of A.I. in Art, From Ancient Inca Data Systems to the New Battlefield of Algorithmic Bias

The term “artificial intelligence” has been colored by decades of science fiction, where machines capable of thinking freely, learning autonomously, and maybe even experiencing emotions have been reimagined in different forms, whether that has been as benevolent as WALL-E or as malevolent as HAL-9000. So it is perhaps not our fault that when we hear about A.I. art, we might picture something that is actually a ...

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Ancient Mummies with Gold Tongues Found in Minya, Egypt – ARTnews.com

If you found yourself intrigued by an ancient mummy with a tongue wrapped in golden foil unearthed in Alexandria earlier this year, you are in luck: two more mummies like it have been discovered at a site in Minya, Egypt. On Sunday, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said on Facebook that a University of Barcelona–led archaeological mission had begun researching two burial ...

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Copy of Ancient Laocoön Sculpture at Legion of Honor Vandalized – ARTnews.com

A 20th-century copy of an ancient sculpture of Laocoön in San Francisco has been vandalized. Housed outside the Legion of Honor, the marble sculpture is currently missing some of its figures’ heads, according to ABC7, which first reported the news last Friday. The original Laocoön and His Sons, owned by the Vatican Museum, features a Trojan priest and his sons ensnared by sea serpents ...

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