The Antiquities Coalition Joins CLIR on Planning for Digital Library of the Middle East

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From our partners at The Antiquities Coalition: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources $149,500 to support exploratory research, community building, and technical prototyping for the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). Along with the horrific loss of life and human suffering in the region, the cultural heritage of many nations in the … Read More

Spotlight on: The Great Wall of China

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Great Wall of China in Winter

SAFE recognizes the significance of the Great Wall of China as a World Heritage site as well as a monumental symbol of the historical and archaeological richness of Chinese culture. This very richness has made the Great Wall a treasure trove for unscrupulous collectors, an obstacle for uncontrolled urban development, and a target for vandals. SAFE understands the challenges involved in … Read More

The Proposed Bears Ears National Monument

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Prehistoric Granary overlooks Cedar Mesa. Photographer: Josh Ewing. Photo courtesy of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition.

On October 15, 2015, the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition submitted a proposal for the designation of a new United States national monument to be called Bears Ears. The 1.9 million acre area of land holds over 100,000 archaeologically and culturally significant sites. Bears Ears’ sheer size, breadth of sites, and lack of protection for those sites, make it one of … Read More

Asia Week Raids Cast a Spotlight on Antiquities Trafficking in India

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Art auctions can be a source of nail-biting excitement with high prices breaking the record books. Yet, during the 2016 Asia Week in New York City, the headlines were dominated not by shockingly high sales, but by federal seizures of illegally trafficked Asian antiquities worth a combined estimate of $4 million. The seized artifacts were recovered as part of the … Read More

The Power of One, and Community in Protecting Cultural Heritage

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Three figurines from Anatolia, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany

The looting of archaeological artifacts is an issue that affects us all, across the globe, with ramifications which go beyond an academic, institutional need for understanding our cultural heritage. They touch upon issues of local identity, community, and historical reconstruction, both for understanding the past, but also for considering our future. Likewise, the protection of cultural heritage, not only in … Read More

The Antiquities Coalition Releases Interactive Map of Culture Under Threat

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Antiquities Coalition. 2016. “Culture Under Threat Map,” The Antiquities Coalition

The global heritage destruction caused by Daesh and other terrorist groups is sadly in the news all to often. Yet when their activities are viewed as individual incidents it can be difficult to grasp the scale and scope of cultural devastation that is being inflicted across the region. In effort to visually show the broad scale of cultural heritage destruction … 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

ISIS’ Cultural Heritage Destruction Largest Since WWII

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ISIS –  also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh – has looted up to $300 million worth of antiquities in the Middle East. The group targets museums and cultural sites for artifacts to sell on the black market. This provides a significant source of funding for the terrorist organization. The problem lies herewithin recovering the stolen, and sometimes … Read More

Help SAFE #HonorNepal

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SAFE’s campaign of protecting cultural heritage extends to a global perspective. In the right context, the world’s past is the world’s future and protecting Nepal’s past means saving history that is our own. Having one of the highest concentrations of UNESCO world heritage sites in the world, Nepal is a nation who’s cultural legacy affects us all. The devastating earthquake this … Read More

United States’ heritage: country overview

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Artifacts illegally excavated from a prehistoric Native American site on a Southern Illinois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) were seized by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

SAFE has added a U.S. country overview to the “A Global Concern” page of its website. Many people are not aware of the fact that looting and illegal sales of artifacts frequently take place in the United States. This overview of Native American and non-Native heritages in the United States and the threats they face therefore adds an important layer … Read More