Four Years Later and Still Going Strong

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Euphronios Krater

Just four years after its founding in 2012, Trafficking Culture is well-known as one of the foremost research initiatives for the study of the illicit trade of antiquities. Established with the support of a four-year grant from the European Research Council (ERC), Neil Brodie (SAFE’s 2008 Beacon Award Winner), Simon Mackenzie, Donna Yates, and Christos Tsirogiannis worked together from their … 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

Monica Hanna to receive 2014 SAFE Beacon Award

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The archaeologist Dr. Monica Hanna will be the next recipient of the SAFE Beacon Award for her exemplary efforts in shedding light on the looting situation in Egypt. Home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, Egypt has had a profound influence on the cultures of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. For centuries, Egyptian archaeological sites have been looted – most recently … Read More

SAFE closes 2013 global awareness campaign with gratitude

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SAFE the Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage

SAFE would like to thank you for joining and participating in the 2013 Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage, marking the tenth anniversary of the looting of the National Museum of Iraq and the subsequent founding of our organization. The amount of insightful stories, shared reflections, and heartfelt comments that we have received over the past six months has … Read More

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

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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

A view from “The Past For Sale?: The Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage”

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For three days in May 2013, a diverse group of urban planners, economists, anthropologists, and others joined together to discuss matters of economics and cultural heritage—its market value(s) and their social implications. The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society hosted the conference “The Past For Sale? The Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage” on 15–17 May 2013. This event … Read More

Research and analysis: there is no substitute

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The announcement of Glasgow University’s new team to study the illegal trade in antiquities is welcome news to those who seek the truth about these issues—fact-based truths. The recent years have seen much discussion of these increasingly popular topics, encouraged by the ease of a few keystrokes on the computer. Opinion—whether based on knowledge or not—is too all often disguised as truth simply on … Read More

Crimes Against Culture

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Another colloquium presented at the upcoming AIA Meeting organized by a member of SAFE Blythe Bowman who authored “Plunder of antiquities: A crime of global proportions” for the SAFE website is “Crimes Against Culture: Perspectives on Archaeological Site Looting and the Illicit Antiquities Trade” Session Abstract Illegal digging at archaeological sites and the trade in illicitly-obtained art and antiquities represent … Read More

Milken Institute report proposes “market-based solutions” to combat looting

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The Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank based in Santa Monica, CA, recently published “Financial Innovations for Developing Archaeological Discovery and Conservation.” The 36-page report was written by Caitlin MacLean and Glenn Yago of the Milken Institute, who received input from “economists, representatives from museums and the archaeological community, attorneys, and antiquities dealers and collectors,” who met in January … Read More