Man Found Guilty for Trafficking Over 500 Artifacts from Mexico to Big Bend National Park

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In February, Andrew Kowalik of Rockport, Texas was sentenced to five years of home confinement and a $10,000 fine for smuggling over 500 pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico to Texas’ Big Bend National Park. The agents recovered ceramics, lithics, figurines, and 2,000-year-old shoes, “all estimated to be worth $250,000 on the black market.” The objects are thought to be looted from … Read More

Updated Country Profiles: A Global Concern

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SAFE recently unveiled three new country profiles that are of A Global Concern: Ethiopia, Libya, and Vietnam. Rebecca Jones, a SAFE volunteer and PhD student at Australian National University, wrote our first new page, Global Concern: Vietnam. Her article focused on the diversity of Vietnamese cultural heritage, underwater archaeology, and the local and international market demand for illicit antiquities. Jones also … Read More

Archaeological Site Near Beaver Dam, Arizona Looted: Bureau of Land Management Asks for Public Awareness and Engagement

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In 2016, Tara Craft and Matthew Doyle looted an Anasazi, or Ancestral Puebloan, archaeological site on public lands near Beaver Dam, Arizona. During the investigation, both Craft and Doyle admitted to digging the site’s pit houses to loot ceramics, lithics, and any other artifacts they could find. Approximately 200 pieces of cultural and archaeological materials were found in their home. These … Read More

Thangka Paintings: The Legacy of the Silk Road

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The Silk Road is one of the most fascinating periods in world history, connecting the East to the West through Han China and the Roman Empire. Yet, it is also one of the most elusive. Despite the lack of written records, historians have managed to partially reconstruct the nature of the Silk Road and have found it to be symbolic … Read More

Bureau of Land Management Auctions Off Land Near Chaco Canyon

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In late January, the United States’ Bureau of Land Management leased 843 acres of land for gas drilling and oil rights in New Mexico. The property, in Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties, is directly adjacent to Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, with only 20 miles’ distance from the boundaries of the National Parks site. It was sold for $3 million, … Read More

Avarice and Semi-Automatics off the Aegean

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The intrepid work of Greek police dismantled a criminal ring of armed smugglers recently. Its investigation was a pain-staking 14 months. Authorities believe that the syndicate is made up of about 50 people. Around October 5, 2016, 26 people were arrested with guns, cash, fake license plates, and metal detectors. They were caught smuggling several ancient Greek artifacts, including glassware; … Read More

What Do You Think? – The Louvre as a Repository for Endangered Cultural Heritage?

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Earlier this month, the French president, François Hollande, suggested that the Louvre Museum in Paris could possibly become a safe haven for at-risk international cultural heritage. In 2019, the museum will open a new €60m conservation facility in Lievin, France that, in addition to holding the collections of the museum, could also serve as a repository for endangered objects from … Read More

The legal framework for the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu during 2012-2013: Concluding considerations (7/7)

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The destruction of Sufi shrines and ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu, Mali, received a good deal of intention from the national and international community. Attitudes to cultural heritage has occasionally been criticized for being euro-centric. The prosecution of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi for the destruction of the shrines by the ICC under the Rome Statute, the action taken to safeguard … Read More