Acquisitions of Archaeological Objects Since 1970

Since the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property in 1970, the examination of the biographies of ancient artefacts has become an indispensable part of provenance research.

This project focuses on investigating objects that have been acquired since 1970. All of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s archaeological collections are involved.


Institutions: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Zentralarchiv, Ägyptisches Museum, Antikensammlung, Ethnologisches Museum, Münzkabinett, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Vorderasiatisches Museum
Lead researcher: Dr Laura Puritani 
Duration: since 2017