After four museums were investigated for holding looted artefacts – among them artefacts from Ban Chiang, Thailand – the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum is now being investigated for being offered the artefacts.
Ban Chiang Ware, creative commons image by drdrewhonolulu
Museum May House Illegally Taken Works
The Daily Californian, 28 January 2008
The report also gives specific about the alleged perpetrators to the antiquities smuggling case.
After searching four Southern California museums for evidence against a smuggling and tax evasion ring last Thursday, federal officials contacted the Berkeley museum, which may have artifacts allegedly stolen by Robert Olson, according to signed affidavits. Olson had been smuggling items out of Thailand and Burma since about 1980, according to the affidavits.
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Find out about Ban Chiang here:
– Ban Chiang, a Prehistoric Village Site in Northeast Thailand: The Human Skeletal Remains (Thai Archaeology Monograph Series, 1) by M. Pietrusewsky and M. T. Douglas
– The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham
– Ban Chiang: Art and prehistory of Northeast Thailand by A. J. Labbei
– Ban Chiang: Discovery of a Lost Bronze Age by the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania by J. C. White
– Cognition and design production in Ban Chiang painted pottery by P. Van Esterik
– Thai ceramics: Ban Chiang, Khmer, Sukothai, Sawankhalok by the Art Galery of South Australia
– Ban Chiang prehistoric cultures by Y. Chin