Category Archives: Threats to Heritage

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

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Almost half of natural World Heritage sites under severe threat, says WWF – CSMonitor.com

As the Global Heritage Fund commented, “A new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) states that more than 11 million people – more than the population of Portugal – and over half of our natural World Heritage Sites are … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Bangladesh: Islamist violence against Hindu and Buddhist community places

Originally posted on conflict antiquities:
On the 28th of February, in reaction to the convictions of the Bangladeshi Islamist movement’s leaders for crimes during its 1971 Liberation War/war of independence, Islamists initiated a wave of hate crimes that caused ‘déjà…

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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…

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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

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Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art

Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art | Environment | guardian.co.uk. This article from the Guardian highlights some of the challenges that possibilities for development pose to historic sites located in resource-rich areas. A red and white kangaroo painted … Continue reading

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Huff Post Blog: Empowering Entrepreneurs to Save Cultural Heritage

Empowering Entrepreneurs to Save Cultural Heritage | Hufffington Post. The below blog post, written by Larry Coben for the Huff Post’s Social Entrepreneurship section, highlights the kind of work that some believe will help protect archaeological sites from looting or … Continue reading

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Reblogged: What causes most heritage damage?

What causes most heritage damage? | The Heritage Journal. “A clue…: An interesting English Heritage document, Heritage Crime Research: The Size of the Problem seeks to evaluate the damage caused by various crimes and in our particular sphere of interest (scheduled monuments and … Continue reading

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