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#Thread On #Stolen #Artefacts

Todays restitution of 10 stolen artefacts to Tamil Nadu is an historic occasion and is the result of a complex global investigation arising out of work done by a citizens activist group - The India Pride Project.

Each of these restitutions were complex cases and the lessons from these will yield results for future restitution cases not just for Tamil Nadu but for other States and countries.

Though these 10 objects are returned from two countries - America and Australia,

each of them are unique cases starting from when they were stolen from India, smuggled out and eventually landed up in some of the most prestigious museums and collections there.

The case of the Chola Bronze Nataraja stolen from Punnainallur in 1971 - was not a

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In the 1980s and 90s the Seiko 5 Automatic wristwatch, which used the motion of the wearer to stay wound up and working, was popular among Bosnians.

After the #genocide in #Srebrenica, investigators used these watches to estimate the time and date their owner had been murdered.
Bosnian Serb forces had denied they had committed a genocide executing innocent civilian Muslims. They claimed the mass graves contained men killed in battle as part of the war.

However, investigators found evidence the men and boys in the graves had been blindfolded...
... Some were naked or wearing civilian clothing.

Several Seiko watches were also found. As they were kept wound up by motion, the watches stopped 36-48 hours after the wearer stopped moving.
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Thread number two as part of #CuratingExperiences: slides from my #PechaKucha on 'Archaeology is....'
1/ @KnoleNT is an archbishops palace, passes to royalty & then to the Sackville family. This talk outlines archaeology as part of #InspiredbyKnole @HeritageFundUK
2/ ....buildings. We have recorded the building from the top down. @MOLArchaeology have identified 20+ phases of roof construction from medieval to modern (image by John Miller)
3/ Inside we have lifted flooboards & removed panelling revealing hidden elements of the #medieval palace including doors, windows & evidence for fires
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