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

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

Looking back on the last ten years: Interview with SAFE founder (Part 1)

Deanna Baker10 years after, Article, Interview3 Comments

I first heard of SAFE through Liz Gilgan eight years ago. It was Liz, a founding Board member, who expanded my understanding of looting and the illicit antiquities trade and how source countries, archaeologists, and SAFE were fighting to protect the world’s cultural heritage. After hearing her speak at Boston University’s Archaeology Club, I became a volunteer. Now, on the … Read More

Remembering and Raising Awareness at the Royal Ontario Museum

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SAFE presents the following announcement from Dr. Clemens Reichel and Mary Montgomery in participation of our 2013 Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage. Thank you for keeping the memory alive! Clemens Reichel, Ph.D. Associate Curator (Ancient Near East) Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and Assistant Professor (Mesopotamian Archaeology), University of Toronto Mary Montgomery Exhibit Planner, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto The looting of the … Read More

Neil Brodie: It is no surprise that the looting continues.

Neil Brodie10 years after, Article, Commentary5 Comments

We thank Neil Brodie for joining pur 2013 Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage with the following statement. Dr. Brodie, an author of “Looting and the World’s Archaeological Heritage: The Inadequate Response” with Colin Renfrew, is a SAFE Beacon Award Winner in 2008. Ten years ago, in 2003, I was reading a lot about the looting of archaeological sites and museums in … Read More

If Donny George had been a criminologist…

Marc Balcells10 years after, Article3 Comments

Marc Balcells

… We would have lost a fantastic archeologist, for sure. Do not get me wrong. If Dr. George had been a criminologist, we would have had a person with the astounding intellectual prowess and amazing human nature in our ranks. But things are what they are and Dr. George will be remembered in the annals of archaeology –not criminology– as … Read More

Memories of a Broken Museum: Ten Years of SAFE

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SAFE is grateful to Roger Atwood for sharing this personal reminiscence with us in observance of the 2013 Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage. The photos accompanying this reflection are previously unpublished and exclusively SAFE’s. A little over 10 years ago, after a long flight from Washington and an overnight taxi ride from Amman, I arrived at the ruined Iraq … Read More

Diane Siebrandt on Iraq’s cultural heritage and current preservation efforts

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The following statement and photographs are contributed by Diane Siebrandt, in observance of the 2013 Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage. SAFE is grateful for her insightful reflection. Diane Siebrandt worked in Iraq overseeing the American Embassy’s Cultural Heritage Program between 2006 and 2013. She was able to visit much of the country during her time there, gaining first-hand knowledge while … Read More

The 10th anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum: how will we remember?

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“Look at it still today,” wrote the mythic ruler Gilgamesh of a treasure that is now but a memory. “Touch the threshold, it is ancient…. Climb upon the wall of Uruk. Walk along it, I say. Regard the foundation terrace and examine the masonry: is it not burnt brick and good? The seven sages laid the foundations.” During those frightful … Read More