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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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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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

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

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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