Category Archives: The Middle East

Senate Votes to Ban Imports of Syrian Art and Antiquities – The New York Times

As the organization Saving Antiquities for Everyone recently commented, “On Wednesday, the US Senate voted on banning the import of all art and artifacts from Syria, in an attempt to curb the looting and trafficking of antiquities of illicit objects … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East, Threats to Heritage | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile « LobeLog

The looting and destruction of ancient artifacts and sites in Iraq over the last few decades, with a focus on the thefts from the Baghdad Museum, are infamous touchstones of the modern cause of heritage preservation – thousands of works with incalculable value … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East, Threats to Heritage | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Reconstruction of Mecca’s Grand Mosque Involves Extensive Damage to Major Historical Features

In a move that is controversial among both heritage professionals and Muslim groups outside of the extremist Wahabi government of Saudi Arabia, the rulers of Islam’s birthplace have begun construction on the Grand Mosque of Mecca in order to expand … Continue reading

Posted in Management Practices, The Middle East, Threats to Heritage | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Libya: Benghazi’s new Coptic church has been set on fire, burned or burned out

Originally posted on conflict antiquities:
My social media monitors picked up that @libyanproud had reported: ‘Coptic Church in Benghazi burned in retaliation to the Libyan flag burning at the Libyan embassy in Cairo’. I saw the photo and shared the…

Posted in The Middle East, Threats to Heritage | Leave a comment

Egypt’s tomb raiders put precious monuments in real danger

It would appear that the famous Egyptian archaeologist and vociferous advocate of repatriation efforts, Zahi Hawass, despite having been removed from the government in a state of disgrace, is still active in promoting the protection of important historical sites and … Continue reading

Quote | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Public Supports UNESCO in Conflict over Recognition of Palestine

U.S. Public Supports UNESCO, Despite Funding Cuts “UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) – A national poll revealed that 83 percent of voters in the United States believe it is important for the country to be a member of  and provide … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East, UNESCO | Leave a comment

Reblogged: Zahi Hawass’s Most Important Accomplishment: High-Res King Tut

The Punching Bag: Zahi Hawass’s Most Important Accomplishment: High-Res King Tut. Larry Rothfield, the author of the below post, is a Professor at the University of Chicago and runs a blog, “The Punching Bag,” about issues in the protection of … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainability, The Middle East, Threats to Heritage | Leave a comment

Culture in the Cross Hairs – UNESCO’s Director General Responds to Attacks on Timbuktu

Culture in the Cross Hairs – NYTimes.com “On July 7, in the wake of the destruction of the sacred shrines in Timbuktu — a Unesco World Heritage site — the spokesman of Ansar Dine, one of the Islamist groups controlling … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East, Threats to Heritage, UNESCO | Leave a comment