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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

Culture Under Threat Maps

The Antiquities Coalition has developed an interactive map outlining the deliberate destruction of heritage sites by Daesh and other violent extremist groups. This map shows what has been lost and what is still at stake.

Explore the interactive maps→

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

Click the arrows and scroll to see these images before and after.

Explore more interactive before and after images→

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
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
“The Antiquities Coalition, UNESCO, and other organizations have already sounded the alarm, and the U.S. should leverage their insights, networks, and activism to stem the flow of funds to ISIS from this trade.”
Juan Zarate, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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

CLIR, Antiquities Coalition Initiative Receives Major Grant from the Whiting Foundation

CLIR, Antiquities Coalition Initiative Receives Major Grant from the Whiting Foundation Washington, DC, May 22, 2017—The Whiting Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and [...]

The Antiquities Coalition congratulates the Council of Europe for Criminalizing the Illicit Trafficking and Destruction of Cultural Heritage

Today, May 19, 2017 in Nicosia, Cyprus, Cyprus, Greece, Armenia, Portugal, San Marino and Mexico became the first states to sign the groundbreaking Convention on [...]

Archaeology Channel Conference Explores Relationship Between Media and Cultural Heritage

Archaeology Channel Conference Explores Relationship Between Media and Cultural Heritage The fourteenth annual Archaeology Channel Conference on Cultural Heritage Media met in Eugene, Oregon from [...]