Colin Renfrew asks: What about ongoing looting?

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Professor Colin Renfrew, 2009 SAFE Beacon Award Winner voiced his concerns that the problems of ongoing looting of archaeological sites around the world were not addressed in the lecture Looted art and its restitution: moral and cultural dilemmas for the twenty-first century, given by Professor Richard J Evans on Monday 7 June 2010 at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Professor Renfrew also … Read More

SAFE Beacon Awards: Who is…? But why?

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In anticipation of our Beacon Awards event, SAFE has launched a new batch of Who is…? campaigns, which profile individuals making tangible contributions towards our mission: protecting and raising awareness about our shared cultural heritage. But we realize that our “Who is…?” begs another question: Why? The easy answer is that superheroes like our SAFE Beacon Award winners deserve recognition … Read More

Finders Keepers v. Finders Keepers

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Two weeks ago, a forthcoming TV series with the working title “Finders Keepers” announced a call for backyards. Tomorrow, desert ecologist and writer Craig Childs will release his new book of the same name – no relation. “Finders Keepers,” the TV show, one-ups programs like “Antiques Roadshow” and “Pawn Stars.” Not only are the producers interested in objects collecting dust … Read More

Italy’s Financial Police Recognized for Cultural Heritage Protection

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Those responsible for protecting Italy’s cultural heritage have once again been given center stage in Rome this summer – this time in the form of an exhibition honoring the efforts of the Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s Financial Police. The celebratory exhibit, entitled “Dal sepolcro al museo. Storie di saccheggi e recuperi” (“From the grave to the museum. Stories of pillage … Read More

Donny George: “The truth about the Kuwait Antiquities”


The following is published at the request of its author, Dr. Donny George: Dear All, Since the first gulf war of 1991 everybody’s been accusing the Iraqis of steeling the Kuwait’s antiquities, and no one has asked the Iraqis for their opinion about it. I was reserving this to be included in a book I started writing, but let me … Read More

“Cultural heritage is a necessity…”

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Diana Gregor’s article in MediaGlobal “Protecting cultural heritage as development priority” underscores the importance of preserving cultural heritage worldwide. The piece begins with the disaster in Haiti and quotes UNESCO Programme Specialist for Culture in Port au Prince Elke Selter on cultural preservation as a priority, “Cultural heritage is a necessity, it is your past. You cannot just leave a … Read More