Four Years Later and Still Going Strong

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Euphronios Krater

Just four years after its founding in 2012, Trafficking Culture is well-known as one of the foremost research initiatives for the study of the illicit trade of antiquities. Established with the support of a four-year grant from the European Research Council (ERC), Neil Brodie (SAFE’s 2008 Beacon Award Winner), Simon Mackenzie, Donna Yates, and Christos Tsirogiannis worked together from their … 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

3D Scanning Could Save Endangered Archaeological Sites

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Karnak Relief

Scanning archaeological sites may be the key to saving antiquity and cultural heritage. These 3D images could save endangered sites for the future. In addition, scanning could help archaeologists find undiscovered heritage sites. Learn more here. photo: Ancient Egyptian relief from the Temple of Karnak / jarekgrafik

How can we think about cultural heritage when life is lost?

Cindy HoArticle, Commentary1 Comment

nepal-before-after

Before and after photos leave nothing to the imagination: Nepal has suffered a tremendous loss to its cultural heritage when a massive earthquake hit the small Himalayan nation on April 25, 2015. Should we be concerned about culture when the death toll is still mounting every minute? We know countless people have suffered the devastation of losing family members and loved ones. When … Read More

Unite for Global Heritage: How can we help?

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Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage

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

Inspirational Past: college student’s appeal for cultural heritage protection

Heather LeeCommentary, Homepage1 Comment

What is your inspirational past? I do not have many memories from my childhood. But if I fumble through the deepest and the most distant recollections, one particular memory surfaces amidst the haze. I remember—vividly and intensely—standing in front of the colossal statue of a winged human-headed bull at the British Museum. How can I ever forget the initial encounter ... Read More

Heritage Crisis in Syria: a call for a moratorium on the antiquities trade

Heather LeeArticle, Commentary, From the field, Homepage3 Comments

The world has been closely following the tumultuous political upheaval behind the devastated state of cultural heritage preservation in Syria. A recent New York Times article describes “a feeling of impotence” that academics and archaeologists are experiencing in the face of the sheer magnitude of the danger threatening the cultural heritage of Syria. What will it take to stop the relentless destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage? It … Read More

Samantha Sutton’s Archaeological Adventures

Elizabeth MarkmanArticle, Commentary, Review2 Comments

I want to thank Jordan Jacobs for sending SAFE his “Samantha Sutton Series.” As a part of my summer internship at SAFE, I was given the first novel of the series to review. Kayla Schweitzer, another SAFE intern, reviewed the second. Reading this book made my summer that much more fun! The two of us were excited to learn about the novels … Read More

Bones of contention: The global trade in archaeological and ethnographic human remains

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Bones of Contention.

These days, research on the depth and breadth of the global illicit antiquities trade, and how best to dismantle and prevent it, grows ever-more diverse. One particularly under-studied aspect continues to fascinate me: the trade in archaeological and ethnographic human remains. With licit and clearly illicit faces, deals conducted online (but most likely primarily off-line), this trade forms but one component … Read More