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

Cindy HoArticle, Commentary1 Comment


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?

Rachel DewanAlert, Commentary1 Comment

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, HomepageLeave a Comment

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 with this beautiful beast? Its … 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

Damien HufferArticle, Commentary, News, ReportLeave a Comment

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

The thorny issue of deaccession

Heather LeeArticle, Commentary3 Comments


On July 10, 2014, at Christie’s in London, a 4,000-year-old Egyptian limestone statue of an official named Sekhemka was sold to a telephone bidder for £15,762,500 (or $27,001,163, with the buyer’s premium). This sale was strongly opposed by several groups, including the UK Museums Association (MA), the Save Sekhemka Action Group, and Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry. Why the controversy? It is … Read More

Intern with SAFE and become part of the family

Tessa VarnerCommentary, ReviewLeave a Comment

When I started my internship at SAFE I only had a vague idea of what I was getting myself into. I had seen the post written by SAFE’s previous intern Beatrice Kelly about her time at the organization and I knew that there were numerous ways to be involved. It was a daunting but exciting prospect. It did not take … Read More