White House March to stop ISIS from destroying what remains of Mesopotamian Civilization: Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Organized by Jabbar Jaafar and Abdul Amir AL Hamdani

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This following Media Advisory is posted at the request of the organizers Jabbar Jaafar and Abdul Amir AL Hamdani. Contact: Jabbar Jaafar Phone: 703-459-6004 E-mail:  Jabbar.jafar@gmail.com Urgent action is needed to stop ISIS’s barbaric acts against Iraq’s and international heritage We are cultural and archaeological activists preparing to kick off a campaign in Washington, DC to urge and pressure the policy and decision makers to take immediate … Read More

What do you think: “Gleaming in the Dust” by George Richards and Tristan Summerscale

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Gleaming in the dust

Following up with the previous blog post, “What do you think?”, this blog post introduces another cultural heritage protection project that reached out to SAFE for suggestions and advice. George Richards and Tristan Summerscale from London, England, have recently published an audio documentary titled, “Gleaming in the Dust.” It focuses on exposing the deep-rooted problems of illicit antiquities trade and … Read More

New legislation introduced to protect international cultural property

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SAFE applauds the introduction of a new legislation aiming to improve the efficiency of the U.S. federal efforts to protect international cultural property. On November 13, Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Christ Smith (R-NJ) proposed the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 5703) in response to the terrible state of affairs brought by ISIL/ISIS in Syria and … Read More

What do you think: “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu” by Joy Lynn Davis

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Remembering Kathmandu

Following up with the previous blog post, “What do you think?”, this blog post introduces another cultural heritage protection project that reached out to SAFE for suggestions and advice. Joy Lynn Davis leads a public-awareness and art production project, “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu.” It started in 2010 as a response to the illicit smuggling of sacred stone sculptures … Read More

Help SAFE serve you better

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SAFE is working on a planning initiative to better the organization and help achieve its mission. We have designed a survey to measure readers’ opinions of SAFE and its programs, mission, strengths, and weaknesses. We would appreciate if you could take a couple minutes of your time to participate in this survey. Please follow the instructions, and where appropriate, add … Read More

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

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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

SAFE featured in “Al-Miraat”

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The Nov. 2014 inaugural issue of “Al-Miraat” (“The Mirror”) features a translation of “Heritage Crisis in Syria: a call for a moratorium on the antiquities trade” by SAFE summer intern Heather Lee. A senior at Amherst College, Heather has contributed a number of thought-provoking posts on this blog around the issues of SAFE’s concern, the prevention of looting and illegal … Read More

Documenting the Damage: An Interview with Dr. Simone Mühl

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Simone Mühl studied Near Eastern Archaeology, Assyriology and Proto- and Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). After achieving her Master of Arts-degree there in 2007, she started working on her PhD-thesis entitled, “History of Settlement in the central Trans-Tigris area – from the Neolithic to the Late Assyrian period”. In 2011, she received her PhD and started working … Read More

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

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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