Bridge to the Divine: Repatriating Nepal’s Heritage

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What may be awe-inspiring art to one person is a bridge to the divine for another. Around the world, our cultural heritage takes on new meaning depending on its context. Pilgrims walk hundreds of miles to pray. Patrons buy tickets to learn from exhibits. Both provide insight into our shared heritage as people, but context is critical. Context Has there … 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

How can we think about cultural heritage when life is lost?

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Before and after photos leave nothing to the imagination: Nepal has suffered a tremendous loss to its cultural heritage when a massive earthquake hit the small Himalayan nation on April 25, 2015. Should we be concerned about culture when the death toll is still mounting every minute? We know countless people have suffered the devastation of losing family members and loved ones. When … Read More

Unite for Global Heritage: How can we help?

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Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage

When horrific images of destruction and chaos flash before us day after day, it can be difficult to think that there is anything that we can do to help curb this tide of devastation. We may be appalled by the hateful destruction of cultural heritage and empathize with the people whose legacy is horrifically disrespected, but what can we do … 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

Unite for Global Heritage: Find or host an event near you

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On April 10, 2003, news of the looting of more than 15,000 priceless artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq shook the world. Archaeologists, museum professionals, and public supporters alike raised their voices against the senseless destruction of cultural objects; objects which not only held significance to Iraq and its history, but to the history of the world. It was ... 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

Inspirational Past: college student’s appeal for cultural heritage protection

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I do not have many memories from my childhood. But if I fumble through the deepest and the most distant recollections, one particular memory surfaces amidst the haze. I remember—vividly and intensely—standing in front of the colossal statue of a winged human-headed bull at the British Museum. How can I ever forget the initial encounter with this beautiful beast? Its … Read More

SAFE featured in “Al-Miraat”

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The Nov. 2014 inaugural issue of “Al-Miraat” (“The Mirror”) features a translation of “Heritage Crisis in Syria: a call for a moratorium on the antiquities trade” by SAFE summer intern Heather Lee. A senior at Amherst College, Heather has contributed a number of thought-provoking posts on this blog around the issues of SAFE’s concern, the prevention of looting and illegal … Read More