The Heritage Landscape: Key Players and Current Issues (Notes on the Past for Sale Conference, 2015: Part 2)

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This is the second installment of a review of the symposium Archaeological Looting: Realities and Possibilities for New Policy Approaches conference, held at the University of Chicago, in February 2015. It focuses on the keynote speech given by Dr. Neil Brodie, as well as on further proceedings of the second and final panel of day two. Read the first installment … Read More

The Heritage Landscape: Key Players and Current Issues (Notes on the Past for Sale Conference, 2015)

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The following is Part 1 of a two-part series. Look for Part 2 on Friday, August 7. The chronic and global problem of looted antiquities requires continuously relevant policy response and on-the-ground action. Given how much remains unknown about the scope of supply and demand also means research and documentations and shared reporting are vital to this endeavour. That was … Read More

Help SAFE Serve You Better: Survey Results

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About the Survey Between November 2014 and January 2015, SAFE conducted a perception survey among SAFE stakeholders, those who have an interest in SAFE and its mission, to determine what users would like to see from us, and how SAFE can improve. We are pleased to present the results of the survey here. Demographics Two age groups were predominantly represented—ages 26-39 ... 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

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

Abdulamir Hamdani on the implications of the current fighting for Iraq’s cultural heritage

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The following is Dr. Abdulamir al-Hamdani’s presentation on the destruction of Iraq’s heritage made on July 18, 2014 at the Iraqi Cultural Center. The event was also live-tweeted by Dr. Damien Huffer (#ICHpanel) and reported here by Dr. Alex Nagel. SAFE is grateful for this collaboration, allowing us to raise awareness about these critical issues.

What can you do? Sharing knowledge about Iraq’s vanishing cultural heritage

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A public panel, “The Implications of the Current Fighting for Iraq’s Cultural Heritage” was held on Friday evening, July 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The panel was organized by the Iraqi Cultural Center (ICC), the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII). The following is a report of the presentations. The goal of this … Read More

The vote is in: We want international cooperation for cultural heritage protection

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  On May 29, SAFE opened up an informal poll to gauge public opinion on the issue of international cooperation on cultural heritage protection. This was inspired by Egypt’s request for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to restrict imports of Egyptian archaeological and ethnological material into the United States. The goal was to raise public awareness, a core mission of SAFE. … Read More

SAFE recognized in a landmark archaeology encyclopedia

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SAFE is proud to announce its contribution to the publication of the landmark Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. This eleven-volume compendium, published April of this year, is unprecedented in its comprehensiveness. It contains more than 8,000 pages, 2,600 figures, and 100 tables, which cover international and interdisciplinary issues on archaeology. Edited by Claire Smith, professor in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University, Australia, this encyclopedia “includes … Read More

Public hearing on Egypt’s request for import restrictions of antiquities into the US

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On June 2, 2014 the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) held a public session in consideration of Egypt’s request for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to impose import restrictions on certain categories of archaeological artifacts into the US. There were approximately 40 attendees in addition to the members of the Committee and Cultural Heritage Center personnel. Of the 11 presenters, eight spoke in support of … Read More