Ancient Looting and Modern Laws

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Victory stele of Naram-Sin

Plundering is defined as the taking of property by force or during times of war. This practice has happened since before the Romans, and continues in today’s conflicts. During the Roman period, plunder was used to pay for war and raise revenue for the state. Today, the looting of cultural heritage feeds the black market at an estimated $200 million … Read More

The 3rd millenium BC Citadel of Aleppo faces serious risk in Syria

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The Citadel of Aleppo, dating back to the 3rd millennium BC, is now caught in the fighting between President Basher al-Assad’s military and the Free Rebel Army.  The Citadel has a elaborate history: it was occupied by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Mongols, Ottomans, Ayyubis, Mamluks, and unsuccessfully besieged by Crusaders in 1098 and 1124.  It is home of the Aleppo … Read More

I am Greek and I want to go home

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The Independent Movement for the Repatriation of Looted Greek Antiquities has produced a video: ‘I am Greek and I Want to go Home’ Photography, Concept and Artwork by Ares Kalogeropoulos Original Music (“Rise”) by Ares Kalogeropoulos It can be seen alongside this one, take a good look at this message to the British: Help make them go viral. .

Update: Mali’s cultural heritage in danger

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Mali and Azawad map

Mali is one of the few countries in Western Africa where evidence of human occupation from the Middle (and possibly Lower) Palaeolithic to the modern day can be found (Mayor et al. 2005). The intense exploration of the Sahara has built a clearer picture of the expansion of modern humans, from around 100,000 to 50,000 BP, moving westward through the … Read More

FROM THE FIELD: Change of Time, An Interview with Abdul Wasay Najimi, Conservation Architect for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Professor at Kabul University

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Abdul Wasay Najimi

In the summertime, thousands of visitors flock to Bagh-e Babur, “Babur’s Garden”, an historic park in the heart of Kabul. Presiding over the garden is the entombed 16th-century Emperor Babur the Conqueror, founder of the Moghul Empire in India, for whom the garden is named. In the emperor’s memoir, the Baburnama, he praises the location for its scenery, gardens, orchards, and semi-arid … Read More