Employees Face Fines for King Tut’s Restoration

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Eight employees from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt face heavy fines for reckless destruction of King Tutankamun. It was found that they violated many of the scientific and professional standards for restoration, specifically improperly gluing of the mask’s beard. King Tut is one the most oldest artifacts dating to 3,300 years. Click here to read the full story. Photo: King Tuthankamen’s burial … Read More

The Antiquities Coalition Releases Interactive Map of Culture Under Threat

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The global heritage destruction caused by Daesh and other terrorist groups is sadly in the news all to often. Yet when their activities are viewed as individual incidents it can be difficult to grasp the scale and scope of cultural devastation that is being inflicted across the region. In effort to visually show the broad scale of cultural heritage destruction … Read More

Saudi Arabia Creates Awards For Archaeologists

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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), has brought to fruition a number of awards for archaeologists. The awards fall into several categories, including, Saudi Pioneers in Archaeology, Foreign Pioneers of Archaeology, Young Archaeology Researchers, and Foreign Archaeology Researchers. The Prince Sultan has stated that the awards are designed to distinguish those … Read More

Recording Tibetan Cultural Heritage

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Researchers in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region are racing against the clock to digitize intangible cultural heritage as the region’s Tibetan folk masters reach old age. Since 2005, the autonomous region has collected more than 100,000 stories, 1,500 videos and 40,000 photos of intangible cultural heritage for a digital database. Among them, a Tibetan opera and “The Epic of King Gesar” have been … Read More

Protecting Monasteries, Places of Protection

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St. Elijah

Since the early history of the Church, Christian monastic communities and monasteries have been centers of rest, learning, and refuge from the world. Throughout their long histories, monasteries have housed travelers, nursed the sick, and assisted the marginalized and downtrodden. Many monasteries valued literacy and the written word, often safeguarding rare texts which passed on valuable knowledge and discourses. These … Read More

Dr. Stephennie Mulder Joins SAFE

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 SAFE would like to welcome Dr. Stephennie Mulder to the team! Dr. Mulder specializes in Islamic architecture and archaeology. She has also worked at numerous sites in Syria, Egypt, and Turkey. In addition, she is an Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and has authored the book The Shrines of the ‘Alids … Read More

Peru’s Ministry of Culture Announces New National Museum of Archaeology

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Peru’s Ministry of Culture has revealed that they will begin work on a new museum devoted to the nation’s archeological wealth. This project will help Peru protect and display it’s cultural heritage. There is certainly a need for this in Peru since the minister of the organization, Diana Alvarez-Calderón Gallo, has stated that there are 500,000 artifacts, which need a place to be … Read More

Alaaddin Mosque Restoration Scandal Investigated

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In Antalya, Turkey – a city surrounded by the Taurus Mountains, the Mediterranean coast, and much to do – the crown gate of the Alaaddin Mosque underwent restoration. However, it was recently revealed that the structure had been broken into pieces and that no visible measures had been taken to protect the very rare stones, which dated back 800 years. The … Read More

SAFE at the 2016 AIA Annual Meeting

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Last week, from January 6th to 9th, I was thrilled to attend the 117th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in San Francisco. All of us at SAFE were particularly proud to be in attendance this year, both for the presentation of SAFE’s 2015 Beacon Award, and to celebrate SAFE’s founder, Cindy Ho, as she was honored by … Read More

Stricter Antiquites Laws Anticipated in Pakistan

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Pakistan is in the process of strengthening their cultural heritage protection laws. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Antiquities Bill 2015 has received provincial cabinet approval, and is now waiting on final provincial assembly approval. The bill greatly increases the imprisonment times and fines for damaging, smuggling, and counterfeiting antiquities. It would also create a cultural heritage conservation board “responsible to control illegal … Read More