Cultural Heritage & Arts Review Call for Articles

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SAFECORNER is pleased to pass along this call for entries: The Cultural Heritage & Arts Review is seeking articles for its upcoming edition. The focus of this issue will be looting and crimes against cultural property, but articles on all topics related to cultural heritage and the arts are welcome! The Cultural Heritage & Arts Review is a publication of … Read More

Made whole, the “Weary Herakles” reunites in Turkey

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At last, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has returned the top half of the “Weary Herakles” to Turkey, as previously suggested here. The agreement to transfer ownership of the statue was signed on September 23, between the Museum and the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. … Read More

Getty to return two antiquities to Greece

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The J. Paul Getty Museum has agreed to return two antiquities to Greece. Both were acquired during the 1970s. Two fragments of a funerary relief have long been known to fit a third fragment in the Kanellopoulos Collection in Athens. The reunification of this monument would justify this return. It should be noted that the source for the fragments was … Read More

And the SAFE Beacon Award Winners are…

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2011: Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino – SAFE honors investigative journalists and co-authors of Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum (read Professor Senta German’s review here) for assembling “an extraordinary array of sources with which they tell a story the Getty wants no one to know” and for educating the public about how museum … Read More

Rescuing Cultural Assets

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World Trade Center Memorial

A decade on from the devastation of 9/11, the loss of life is just as sorrowful and the loss of cultural property and personal artifacts just as important as the day it happened. Not only were tangible things lost—people, buildings, planes, sculptures, paintings—but also our memories of these artifacts were altered. With natural disasters occurring all around us—quakes, tsunamis, hurricanes—the … Read More

A Fresh Coat of Justice

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Good news on the front to protect Southwest US rock art sites from vandalism. This article details the arrest and prison sentence of another rock art vandal; a man who shot up a petroglyph panel with red and green paintball pellets in March of last year. More detail can be found here. Grapevine Canyon, in the Lake Mead National Park, … Read More

The ethics of “tomb raiding?”

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This rather shocking article needs to be further exposed. Cultural internationalism and a demand for antiquities justified for aesthetic and “preservation” related reasons appears to be alive and well, at least where open-air purchasing of potentially authentic pieces of Angkor Wat in Thailand are concerned! Closing the article by stating how much they purport to have learned regarding the “rights, … Read More