A pair of church bells, war booty from the Philippine-American war at the turn of the 20th century, have finally been returned to the Philippines.
Meycauyan Bells, Philippine Inquirer 20120309
2 church bells taken by Americans turned over to National Museum
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 09 March 2012
Century-old plundered church bells returned to Philippines
Xinhua, via Philstar.com, 10 March 2012
A Hungarian collector has returned to Cambodia an Angkoran-period silver plate, which is thought to have been recovered in the vicinity of Banteay Chhmar.
Ancient silverware returned to Kingdom
Phnom Penh Post, 09 January 2012
Yesterday (10 Mar 2011) I had the brilliant opportunity to witness the return of artefacts smuggled out of Cambodia by the Australian government at a ceremony at the Cambodian embassy in Canberra. The reception was hosted by His Excellency Chum Sounry, the Ambassador for Cambodia.
Repatriated artefacts from Australia to Cambodia
The Borneo Archaeology Seminar just concluded in Miri yesterday. I was hoping to attend to listen to a couple of rock art papers, but other work kept me busy. The media coverage from the seminar is focused on the speech by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, who suggested that the burials that were removed from the Niah Caves (now residing outside of the country) should be returned, but not before there are adequate facilities in the Sarawak Museum to house them. There was also a suggestion to nominate Niah as a Unesco World Heritage Site. We shall see in the coming years how these develop!
Niah Caves Should Be A World Heritage Site
Bernama, 28 October 2010
Bring back Niah Caves artefacts from abroad, says Chief Minister
Borneo Post, 29 October 2010
Museumâ€™s request for restructuring gets CMâ€™s nod
Borneo Post, 29 October 2010
The US Government returns seven Cambodian sculptures that were seized in a raid at Los Angeles.
United States Returns 7 Stolen Ancient Cambodian Sculptures
artdaily.org, 17 June 2010
Cambodia looks set to join a growing list of countries seeking the return of its cultural heritage properties and artefacts housed in museums and private collections in the west. I wonder if other Southeast Asian nations are involved in this conference in EgyptÂ – I can think of Vietnam and Indonesia who would also be interested in seeking the return of artefacts spirited away during the colonial period. If so, we might expect to see an increase of repatriation requests in SEAArch over the next couple of years.
photo credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D.
Summit may see return of artefacts
Phnom Penh Post, 08 January 2010
The recent riots in Thailand have delayed the return of several Cambodian artefacts and will have to be rescheduled. This repatriation of artefacts is seen as a sign of warming relations between the two countries, despite the outstanding dispute at the Preah Vihear temple border.
Return of Cambodian artefacts delayed
The Nation, 20 April 2009
Thailand said that it might, and now it turns out it will. In an effort to repair the damage caused by the Preah Vihear dispute, Thailand has announced that it will return seven 18th-century sandstone busts that were smuggled into Thailand in 2000. Details of the handover have yet to be worked out and the artefacts are on display at the Thailand National Museum.
Thailand to return seized Cambodian artefacts
The Nation, 25 February 2009