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

Attorney Rick St. Hilaire discusses UNSCR 2199

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Attorney Rick St. Hilaire joined SAFE to discuss the implications of United Nations Security Council’s recent adoption of Resolution 2199 (listen to the podcast here.) The resolution, drafted by Russia and unanimously adopted by all the member states of the Security Council, aims to undercut ISIS’s major financial sources—oil, kidnap ransom, and antiquities trade. Member states of the UN have been ... Read More

Iraq’s heritage: a global concern

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SAFE has added Iraq to the “A Global Concern” page of its website. SAFE was founded in 2003 in response to the looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. This overview of Iraq’s heritage and the threats it faces, therefore, adds an important layer of meaning to the mission and cause of SAFE. Heather Lee, a summer 2014 intern, explores … 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

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

Cultural goods’ damage and related offences

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The crime of damage is generally acknowledged as an important offence from the criminal point of view, and often is seriously punished.  Consequently, this crime can be instrumental in gaining access to many legal systems to ask for “effective” international assistance. When an act of damage is committed against a cultural item, such an act has a degree of gravity … Read More

Saving Cultural Heritage, One Tweet at a Time

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Publish, publish, publish. If I have ever heard a mantra for academic archaeologists, it is this. Repeated over and over again to every aspiring undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral candidate, this phrase is the driving force in this field. But for whom are we publishing? More often than not, papers are geared towards other academics, which is a necessary and critical practice to advance research and gain … Read More

Khachkars and Icons: Looting in pre- and post-Soviet Armenia

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Located on the piedmont of the Caucasus mountain range, the country of Armenia illustrates an interesting paradox. It is, on one hand, a nation-state born out of, and partly modeled by, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, it is also a country that dogmatically identifies itself with civilizations more than 2000 years-old, and defends the idea of … Read More

Confrontations: A Young Boy’s Temptation

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SAFE blog’s new series “Confrontations” invites everyone to share firsthand experiences with looting and the illicit antiquities trade. These personal accounts will illustrate the on-going problems of these issues within a global context.  When I was young, before I gained an interest in archaeology and the ancient world, my knowledge of artefacts was merely limited to the Indiana Jones Trilogy. … Read More

Why we care about the cultural heritage of Egypt – now.

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Originally posted on February 6, 2011, the following is reposted as a reminder of why we Say YES to Egypt’s Heritage! (Photo: Egypt’s Heritage Task Force: الحملة المجتمعية للرقابة على التراث والأثار ) No one knows what the future holds for Egypt. Our hearts and hopes are with the Egyptian people as they struggle toward genuine democracy. The first priority now must be the country’s stability, its citizens, their … Read More