Market Impact: Increasing Consumer Demand for Legal Provenance

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The illegal antiquities market is extremely difficult to quantify. The nature of the smuggling networks and a code of silence between buyers and sellers make it next to impossible to confirm solid numbers for analysis. One of the few places for which hard data is available is the antiquities auction market. In 2015, researchers from the University of Chicago analyzed … Read More

ICOM Publishes ‘Red List’ of Endangered Libyan Antiquities

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ICOM (the International Council of Museums) has released a “red list” of endangered Libyan antiquities. Rather than a list of objects which have already been looted, the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk is a proactive resource, compiling images and descriptions of artifacts known to be vulnerable in order to alert customs officials, police forces and the … Read More

Unite for Global Heritage: How can we help?

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When horrific images of destruction and chaos flash before us day after day, it can be difficult to think that there is anything that we can do to help curb this tide of devastation. We may be appalled by the hateful destruction of cultural heritage and empathize with the people whose legacy is horrifically disrespected, but what can we do … Read More

Unite for Global Heritage: Find or host an event near you

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On April 10, 2003, news of the looting of more than 15,000 priceless artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq shook the world. Archaeologists, museum professionals, and public supporters alike raised their voices against the senseless destruction of cultural objects; objects which not only held significance to Iraq and its history, but to the history of the world. It was ... Read More

The best ways to share your projects and ideas with SAFE

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SAFE provides several platforms for raising awareness about our concerns for cultural heritage. We also encourage public engagement. SAFECONNECT – The Cultural Heritage Network and our Facebook group were created to enable all those interested in concrete ways to save the past for our future to share their projects and ideas. “What Do You Think?” on this blog offers another open forum. We welcome your submissions … Read More

UK adopts resolution prohibiting the import of antiquities from Syria

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SAFE applauds this tangible act from the UK in response to the disorder in Syria and the threats to its heritage. The Export Control Syria Sanctions Amendment Order 2014 SI 2014 1896 (the Order) was made on July 16, 2014, laid before the Parliament on July 18, 2014, and came into force on August 8, 2014. It “provides for the enforcement of trade sanctions relating to … Read More

Stop the plunder: archaeologist calls for more pressure on Egyptian government

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The plunder of Egypt’s cultural heritage has again come to a boiling point in the last several days. Increased incidents of looting continue to exacerbate a situation already at great risk since the political turmoil. While little has been reported about the devastation in the press; thanks to Dr. Monica Hanna and her colleagues, the Egypt’s Heritage Task Force: الحملة المجتمعية للرقابة على … Read More

Egyptian Ambassador: A critical challenge for cultural preservation

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The following is posted at the request of the Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed Tawfik.        Dear friend, Many of you have been instrumental in launching unforgettable exhibitions that explored Egypt’s rich history. Thanks to you, millions of Americans have a special relationship with and fascination for my country’s unique contribution to human civilization, shaped over the course of generations. … Read More

Why we care about the cultural heritage of Egypt – now.

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Originally posted on February 6, 2011, the following is reposted as a reminder of why we Say YES to Egypt’s Heritage! (Photo: Egypt’s Heritage Task Force: الحملة المجتمعية للرقابة على التراث والأثار ) No one knows what the future holds for Egypt. Our hearts and hopes are with the Egyptian people as they struggle toward genuine democracy. The first priority now must be the country’s stability, its citizens, their … Read More