Palmyra Comes to New York

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On September 19th, the Oxford-based Institute for Digital Archaeology [IDA] unveiled their scaled down 3D model of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph. Previously shown for the first time in London’s Trafalgar Square, the arch now resides in New York’s City Hall Park. The world turned to Syria after the destruction of Palmyra in October 2015. As one of the most well-known … Read More

Exclusive SAFE Interview: Dr. Leslie Anne Warden

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Leslie Warden

In this Exclusive SAFE Interview, Dr. Leslie Anne Warden, Egyptologist and Professor at Roanoke College, discusses her role as an archaeologist to preserve and protect Egyptian heritage, as well as the importance of education to combat threats such as looting and heritage site destruction.   Please describe your academic/professional background and how your passion for ancient Egypt began. When I … Read More

The legal framework for destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu during 2012-2013: A War-crime? (5/7)

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Ansar Dine. Photo credit: Magharebia

Both of the cases in Timbuktu involve the destruction of tangible cultural heritage. The intention to destroy these bodies is set within the context of conflict and may be interpreted in relation to it or as a result of it. The events therefore may be considered within such international frameworks:   The Hague Convection for the Protection of Cultural Property … Read More

The Syrian Open Market, the Western Appetite for Antiquities, and the Consumption of Fakes

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Everybody in the West is counterfeit fighting!! It’s because those Syrian smugglers were fast as lightning! In fact, to see experts colluding with them was a little bit frightening! They sold fake antiquities with expert timing! Apologies for the corny take on Carl Douglas’s classic Kung-Fu exploitation song “Kung Fu Fighting (1974).” However, I felt like it was appropriate because experts and law enforcement are in … Read More

The STOP Act: Proposed Legislation to Stop the Export of Native American Cultural Patrimony

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STOP Act Press Conference in Washington D.C., July 6, 2016.

In early July, US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act. Broadly, the STOP Act aims to strengthen previous Native cultural heritage legislation. Most importantly, the Act prohibits the export of any archaeological or ethnographic object that falls under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), … Read More

Executive Interview: Sandra L. Cobden

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Senior Vice-President and General Counsel Dispute Resolutions and Legal Public Affairs at Christie’s Sandra Cobden has been a New York-based litigator for more than twenty years. For the last seven years, she has worked at Christie’s managing their disputes, legislative interests, and governments affairs. She is also an adjunct law professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, where she teaches art … Read More

New U.S. Import Restrictions on Syrian Archaeological and Ethnographic Material

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Funeral temple No 86, Palmyra and in the background on the hill the Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani Castle.

Earlier this month, the United States put import restrictions into effect for Syrian cultural materials. The restrictions apply to any item, archaeological or ethnographic, that was illegally removed from the country on or after March 15, 2011. The law includes a huge range of materials, such as stone, metal, ceramic, painting, drawing, textile, plaster and stucco, mosaic, and paper, among … Read More

Meet the 2016 SAFE Interns

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Ruins of Ancient Rome

It has been a busy year so far at SAFE! We have a new Executive Team, new campaigns have emerged for heritage preservation, and our interns have been hard at work all year. As an entirely volunteer led organization, SAFE depends on the passion and expertise of our interns.  SAFE interns work on outreach projects, speak at campus events, and … Read More

Exhibition Review: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan, Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C.

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Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

A visitor to Washington D.C. might easily miss the Freer|Sackler Gallery. It is smaller, specialized, and less publicized than many of the other Smithsonian galleries on the National Mall. To reach the venue for “Turquoise Mountain,” housed in the Smithsonian’s International Gallery, a visitor enters through a nondescript floating doorway adjacent to the main entrance of theFreer|Sackler Gallery.. The visitor descends down … Read More

The legal framework for the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu during 2012-2013: What is the background for destruction of cultural heritage? (2/7)

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The Bamiyan Buddhas today. Photo credit: DVIDSHUB via / CC BY

Political instability The conflict in Mali is complicated in its origin and may be connected to political unrest in the state prior to the military coup on the 21st of March 2012. Significantly such unrest may be traced back to the insurgency movements in the 1990’s. The North of Mali is home to the nomadic ethnic group – Tuareg, who … Read More