The Ancient Art of Collecting

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In 1925, archaeologists Leonardo Woolley was excavating in an ancient Sumerian city called Ur, located in present day Iraq. There he uncovered one of the oldest collections of antiquities in the Ennigaldi-Nanna’s Museum, believed to be from 530 BC. The museum contained a diverse collection of ancient objects from Mesopotamia dating back as far as 2058 BC. Still more incredible, … Read More

The legal framework for the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu during 2012-2013: The manuscripts and shrines of Timbuktu (3/7)

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Historical Background The city of Timbuktu has carried significance since the 12th century and especially carried significance during the domination of the Songhay Empire from the 15th to the 16th Century. The city took great advantage of its strategic position and became a centre for both trade, scientific developments and as the heart of spiritual and Islamic thought in Africa. … Read More

The legal framework for the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu during 2012-2013: The significance of the cases (4/7)

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The manuscripts of Mali are significant as they represent a history of written tradition in Africa. This aspect of African history has often been overlooked and its absence has been applied within a post-colonial context as argumentation for the inferiority of African civilizations and culture. Another element often emphasized as argumentation for the devaluation of African heritage – is the absence … Read More

The legal framework for the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu during 2012-2013: Overview (1/7)

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The military coup in Timbuktu in March 2012, caused the escalation of political and religious unrest in Northern Mali. The internal instability of the country soon caught the attention of the global public after two separate cases of destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu had occurred. The first of these events occurred in the summer of 2012 months after the ... Read More

Antiquities in the Art Market

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Antiquities in the art market have long been a topic of controversy surrounding auction houses, museums, collectors and even governments. From looted antiquities making their way onto the shelves of respected institutions to auction houses being caught red handed with smuggled goods, the issue is unrelenting and without an easy solution. The antiquities market is considered to be a gray market, … Read More

The Antiquities Coalition Joins CLIR on Planning for Digital Library of the Middle East

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From our partners at The Antiquities Coalition: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources $149,500 to support exploratory research, community building, and technical prototyping for the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). Along with the horrific loss of life and human suffering in the region, the cultural heritage of many nations in the … Read More

Spotlight on: The Great Wall of China

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SAFE recognizes the significance of the Great Wall of China as a World Heritage site as well as a monumental symbol of the historical and archaeological richness of Chinese culture. This very richness has made the Great Wall a treasure trove for unscrupulous collectors, an obstacle for uncontrolled urban development, and a target for vandals. SAFE understands the challenges involved in … Read More

Exclusive SAFE Interview: Donna Yates

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Donna Yates, Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow 1. Please describe your professional and educational background for our readers. I have always wanted to be an archaeologist, but I thought I was just going to be a regular Maya archaeologist. While studying at Boston University, I worked in … Read More

Deliberate Civilian Destruction of the Great Wall of China

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Last week, a video of a man intentionally destroying bricks from the Great Wall of China surfaced on Chinese social media. In the video, the unnamed suspect attempts to perform martial arts moves, resulting in a portion of the wall falling to the ground. He also repeatedly kicks and punches the UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the footage, Dong Yaohui, … Read More

Exclusive SAFE Interview: Erin Thompson

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Photo credit: Kate Edwards Erin Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art Crime, Department of Art and Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 1. Please describe your professional and educational background for our readers. I double-majored in art history and philosophy as an undergraduate (how’s that for practicality?), and immediately went into a PhD program in art history. Along the way, … Read More