Free Ports Bound to Cultural Property Trafficking Ties

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Conspiracies and beliefs that important things that affect us are being concealed from us are a part of our daily discourse as modern societies. The revelations in the wake of the recently released Panama Papers forced people to consider some unnerving things about how the legal industry can use its vast, liberating knowledge to help powerful people conduct business in … Read More

The Syrian Open Market, the Western Appetite for Antiquities, and the Consumption of Fakes

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Everybody in the West is counterfeit fighting!! It’s because those Syrian smugglers were fast as lightning! In fact, to see experts colluding with them was a little bit frightening! They sold fake antiquities with expert timing! Apologies for the corny take on Carl Douglas’s classic Kung-Fu exploitation song “Kung Fu Fighting (1974).” However, I felt like it was appropriate because experts and law enforcement are in … Read More

Heritage At Risk: A Tool for Understanding the Real Threat to Syria’s Cultural Heritage

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SYRIA heritage at risk

Background: Five years of civil war in Syria has taken a serious toll on the country. More than 250,000 people have died as a result of the conflict according to the UN, and millions have fled the county in search of better lives abroad. Once thriving cities are now decimated, and Syria’s rich cultural history is under constant threat. Since … 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

Iran Urges UNESCO Push to Protect Cultural Heritage in Syria, Iraq

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Temple of Bel, Palmyra

In a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in Paris on Thursday, President Rouhani reminded international organizations, UNESCO in particular, of their heavy responsibility to safeguard the cultural heritage in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq. The president further called on UNESCO to take a more active role in using “cultural capacities” to combat violence and terrorism, specifically to prevent destruction … Read More

Syrian Refugees Build Miniatures of Endangered and Destroyed Landmarks

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Syrian Refugees at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan have been building miniatures of Syria’s ruined and endangered monuments. The project began when Ahmad Hariri brought a group of artists together in order to teach children within the camp about their heritage. The miniatures are made of recycled materials from the area. One project by Mahmoud Hariri, who was an … Read More

The Antiquities Coalition Releases Interactive Map of Culture Under Threat

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Antiquities Coalition. 2016. “Culture Under Threat Map,” The Antiquities Coalition

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

Protecting Monasteries, Places of Protection

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St. Elijah

Since the early history of the Church, Christian monastic communities and monasteries have been centers of rest, learning, and refuge from the world. Throughout their long histories, monasteries have housed travelers, nursed the sick, and assisted the marginalized and downtrodden. Many monasteries valued literacy and the written word, often safeguarding rare texts which passed on valuable knowledge and discourses. These … Read More

Dr. Stephennie Mulder Joins SAFE

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Stephennie Mulder

 SAFE would like to welcome Dr. Stephennie Mulder to the team! Dr. Mulder specializes in Islamic architecture and archaeology. She has also worked at numerous sites in Syria, Egypt, and Turkey. In addition, she is an Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and has authored the book The Shrines of the ‘Alids … Read More

SAFE at the 2016 AIA Annual Meeting

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Last week, from January 6th to 9th, I was thrilled to attend the 117th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in San Francisco. All of us at SAFE were particularly proud to be in attendance this year, both for the presentation of SAFE’s 2015 Beacon Award, and to celebrate SAFE’s founder, Cindy Ho, as she was honored by … Read More