Who We Are

The Antiquities Coalition unites a diverse group of experts in the global fight against cultural racketeering: the illicit trade in antiquities by organized criminals and terrorist organizations.

The Problem

What We’ve Lost

 In this last year, we have lost entire chapters of our shared history, and some of the Cradle of Civilization’s most iconic masterpieces and sites, to plunder and iconoclasm.

Umayyad Mosque
Aleppo, Syria

Mausoleum of Mohammad Bin Ali
Palmyra, Syria

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The Antiquities Coalition is Fighting Back

Our innovative and practical solutions tackle crimes against heritage head on, empowering communities and countries in crisis.

“Egypt is working alongside regional and international partners such as the Antiquities Coalition to stem the flow of stolen antiquities.”
Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt
“We need to disrupt the flow of international combatants. We also need to dry the financing sources – oil trafficking, heritage, antiquities trafficking, and a great number of sites destroyed by Daesh – Daesh having already sold antiquities to get more money.”
Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq
The Antiquities Coalition “provides a powerful example of what can be achieved through partnerships between governments and NGOs.”
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
“The [Antiquities] Coalition, since its inception in March 2011, has shown great support and exerted utmost efforts to raise awareness and combat the looting and illegal trade of Egyptian antiquities and artifacts.”
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, former Minister of Antiquities

Leading Voices on #CultureUnderThreat

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Get the latest news on how the Antiquities Coalition is standing up to protect ancient artifacts.

American Bar Association Honors the Blog “Cultural Heritage Lawyer”

The Antiquities Coalition is pleased to congratulate our friend and colleague Rick St. Hilaire, whose blog Cultural Heritage Lawyer has again been selected as one of the […]

New Online Resource Illustrates the Impact of Armed Conflict and Terrorism on Heritage in the Middle East and North Africa

#CultureUnderThreat: Before and After

With the rise of a violent campaign targeting the Middle East and North Africa’s people and their heritage — by religious extremists from […]

‘Culture: ISIS’ New Tool of Warfare’ – Deborah Lehr at the American Academy of Rome

The American Academy in Rome, the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities, hosted an evening of Converzatione […]