Looting is everyone’s concern

Marni Walter10 years after, Article, CommentaryLeave a Comment

SAFE is grateful to Marni Walter for sharing this reflection with us in observance of the 2013 Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage. During the early years of the new millennium, the scope of antiquities looting and destruction of cultural heritage seemed to drastically expand. To all the archaeological damage done for profit to feed the demands of various … Read More

Oscar Muscarella observes the SAFE Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage with a reflection

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Oscar Muscarella

A growing number of archaeologists have been or are becoming active in publicizing and fighting the plunder and destruction of cultural sites around the world. And most professional archaeological organizations periodically proclaim their adversity to plundering, the destruction of archaeological sites worldwide, but in fact do little to stop it. For example, the Archaeological Institute of America in its publications … Read More

David Gill receives AIA’s 2012 Outstanding Public Service Award

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Heartfelt congratulations go to David Gill, for this well-deserved recognition from the Archaeological Institute of America. SAFE and SAFECORNER would like to take the opportunity to thank Prof. Gill for years of research and study on looting and the illicit antiquities trade and, above all, his efforts to keep the public informed of these problems with his blog “Looting Matters”, … Read More

Shelby White’s Foundation Expansion

Oscar MuscarellaCommentary2 Comments

In February 2010 the billionaire Shelby White created a selected group of individuals to function within the Leon Levy Foundation, its purpose to “make available information” from excavated sites that have not been published. But information only from nations having a partage system at the time of excavation, i.e. a division of finds between the host nation and the excavators, … Read More

Talking about “partage”

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The May 21st Looting Matters post refers to a Leon Levy Foundation “early February 2010” gathering of “distinguished archaeologists, museum directors, and curators from around the world” on “how best to make available the trove of unpublished information from important ancient world sites excavated under “partage” agreements.” “Partage” is the system “through which western universities and museums worked in concert … Read More

More False Claims about Lobbying on Antiquities Issues

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David Gill has recently addressed claims made by Peter Tompa that appear to have little basis in fact. Tompa is a lobbyist who represents commercial trade interests. He has alleged that the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) “was involved in behind-the-scenes lobbying on behalf of the Cypriot Department of Antiquities, the Cypriot government body that issues excavation permits that … Read More

Brian Rose on looting: “history that’s been murdered”

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In an interview with American Public Media’s Dick Gordon, AIA President and Professor at University of Pennsylvania Brian Rose describes his recent first trip to Iraq where he saw ancient sites cratered by looters. Professor Rose also speaks about the cultural heritage briefings he has been giving to American soldiers on the archaeology of Iraq and Afghanistan, and his visit … Read More

New Reviews of Books on Cultural Property

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On-line reviews for the American Journal of Archaeology 113.1 (2009) are now available. These include four books relating to cultural property: Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property. By Margaret M. Miles. Reviewed by Molly Swetnam-Burland. Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage. By James Cuno. Reviewed by David W.J. Gill. The … Read More

Legal Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage: National and International Perspectives in Light of the “Black Swan” Case

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At the Joint AIA/APA Annual Meeting, behind held at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, SAFE board member Eric Powell will moderate a “must attend” Workshop on Saturday, January 10, 2009 for anyone interested in evolving legal mechanisms that involve underwater cultural heritage. Embedded video from CNN VideoThe recent discovery of the “Black Swan” treasure off the coast of Spain … Read More

Easter Island project receives major grant for site preservation

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According to a news release issued by Larry Coben, co-chair of The Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Task Force: The Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Task Force (“AIA”) announced today that it had awarded a $94,000 grant for the preservation and conservation of Easter Island’s famous megalithic moai statues. The AIA gave the grant to the Easter Island … Read More