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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Great Wall of China in Winter

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

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative & The Launch of the Conflict Culture Research Network

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On June 23, 2016, the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative hosted “An evening of discussion about cultural heritage and human rights” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The event featured comments by Karima Bennoune (United Nations Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Human Rights Council) and a screening of The Destruction of … Read More

Welcome to the SAFE Team!

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You may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around the SAFE Blog recently…but that’s only because some new and exciting changes have been brewing, and we’re excited to finally share them with you! Saving Antiquities for Everyone, Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of three new leaders at the organization. Starting June 2016, SAFE’s STAFF will be … Read More

Heritage At Risk: A Tool for Understanding the Real Threat to Syria’s Cultural Heritage

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SYRIA heritage at risk

Background: Five years of civil war in Syria has taken a serious toll on the country. More than 250,000 people have died as a result of the conflict according to the UN, and millions have fled the county in search of better lives abroad. Once thriving cities are now decimated, and Syria’s rich cultural history is under constant threat. Since … Read More

In Memoriam: Ashrawy and Mustafa Ali

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Egyptian Guards

On February 19, a gang of armed men entered the archaeological site of Dayr al-Barsha with an objective to loot antiquities. The site is well known for its rock-cut tombs dating back to the Middle Kingdom (2040 BC – 1600 BC), many of which were excavated in the early 20th century. The perpetrators were foiled in their attempt to enter … Read More

Operation Hidden Idol

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Wall Carving From Inside the Bhaja Caves, India

No, it isn’t the title of some Indiana Jones fanfic novel, but the name given to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) (DHS/ICE/HSI)* case involving tens of millions of dollars’ worth of rare antiquities allegedly looted from several nations by Subhash Kapoor. Unbeknownst to the Honolulu Museum of Art, their collection included seven of the … Read More

Dr. Stephennie Mulder Joins SAFE

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Stephennie Mulder

 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

Announcing the 2015 SAFE Beacon Award

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Dr. Khaled al-Asaad

On Friday, January 8th at the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, SAFE will present its 2015 SAFE Beacon Award. Since 2004, the SAFE Beacon Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in raising public awareness about our endangered cultural heritage, the importance of heritage protection and conservation, and the devastating consequences of the illicit antiquities trade. This year, … Read More

Find Your Favorite Gift and Support Our Mission!

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SAFE tote bag

Looking for a special gift for that special someone (or yourself)? Stop by the SAFE store and pick-up a unique gift that spreads the word about saving our past for the future! Check out our selection of t-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, and more! Just click the link here.