New Zealand’s built history, cultural heritage suffer losses after massive quake

Megan GannonAlertLeave a Comment

Recovery operations are still underway and looking increasingly grim in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the city’s second major earthquake in six months left over 140 dead and scores more wounded and missing. As always, people remain SAFE’s first concern and our condolences go out to those who have lost their loved ones, colleagues and homes. But as the dust settles … Read More

National Geographic Plans Weeklong Special on Egypt

Larry RothfieldAnnouncement, CommentaryLeave a Comment

The National Geographic Channel is capitalizing on the interest in things Egyptian with a weeklong special: (Nat Geo Plans Weeklong Special on Egypt: “With events in Egypt making headlines, National Geographic Channel is plann…” Given that Zahi Hawass has been starring in shows as an “explorer-in-residence” for National Geographic, they will certainly have major access. We’ll have to wait and … Read More

Assessment of possible damage to Egyptian cultural heritage

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We thank Dr. Joris Kilas for sending us a report from the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield and the International Military Cultural Resources Work Group which reflects the findings from a mission conducted February 12-16, 2011 “to assess possible damages and looting attempts to Egyptian Heritage sites and museums after the recent unrests. Many contradicting messages were … Read More

The Importance of Documenting Cultural Heritage

Franca di ValerioCommentaryLeave a Comment

In 1957 the British archaeologist John S.V. Bradford – a pioneer in the use of aerial photography for the documentation of archaeological landscape – published the map of the impressive walls surrounding the ancient city of Arpi, the most important centre of the pre-Roman Daunian culture flourished in the Italian region of Apulia between VIII and IV centuries B.C. At … Read More

“Egypt’s Antiquities Fall Victim to the Mob”: A Response

Oscar MuscarellaCommentary, ReviewLeave a Comment

Alexander Joffe’s article (Feb. 2) on the, fortunately minor, looting of the Cairo Museum is misleading and, indeed, paradoxical for an archaeologist, omits to mention, let alone discuss, the sole cause for this and all other looting and worldwide plunder. It exists to acquire “treasures” to be sold to customers: no customers, no looting or plunder. This reality is the … Read More

Justice Served: The Case of Recapture Wash

Damien HufferCommentary, ReportLeave a Comment

Another case of vandalism and archaeological damage out of the Southwestern United States has come to my attention. An opinion piece in the Salt Lake Tribune written by one Andrew Gulliford, a professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, and a concerned citizen of San Juan County itself, explains the situation and local reactions. Two … Read More

Why we care about the cultural heritage of Egypt – NOW

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No one knows what the future holds for Egypt. Our hearts and hopes are with the Egyptian people as they struggle toward genuine democracy. The first priority now must be the country’s stability, its citizens, their safety, their dignity. While politicians work out ways to address the demands of the people, attention must also be focused on efforts to protect … Read More

Should museums sell objects to cover operating costs? An additional choice

Larry RothfieldCommentary, What do you think?3 Comments

The choices offered as possible answers to the SAFE poll question, “Should museums sell objects to cover operating costs?” are “Yes,” “It doesn’t matter to me,” “Museums should sell objects for acquisitions only,” and “Only if there is a publicly disclosed policy.” These choices reflect the general perception of what the options are for museums. But there is another option … Read More

Should market countries stop buying antiquities from Egypt until order is restored?

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In response to the looting which took place in the aftermath of the invasion of Baghdad in 2003, the United States House of Representatives proposed HR 2009 (initiated by Congressmen Phil English and James Leach and later implemented as S. 671), to prohibit the importation into the United States of any archaeological or cultural material removed from Iraq without appropriate … Read More

Threats to Egypt’s cultural heritage: How will we respond?

SAFECORNERAlert, Commentary1 Comment

The many accounts of looting and destruction in Egypt in the last few days have been alarming and at times, confusing. Reports about the nature and extent of the damage – and who caused the damage – have been numerous and sometimes conflicting. What are rumors? What are facts? One recalls a similar situation in 2003 when the Iraq Museum … Read More