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AC Director of Programs, Helena Arose, publishes chapter in The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction

August 10, 2023

Cambodia’s rich material cultural heritage has suffered during periods of war and conflict over the past several decades. However, the greatest destruction to material cultural heritage has not been combat, however, but looting, an activity driven by the extreme market demand for Cambodian artefacts.

On August 10, editors José Antonio González Zarandona, Emma Cunliffe, and Melathi Saldin published The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction, which examines new insights, developing methods, and recent results on the topic of cultural heritage destruction from a wide range of experts. The book joins three other titles in the Routledge Handbooks on Museums, Galleries and Heritage series.

Antiquities Coalition Director of Programs, Helena Arose, joined scholars Angela Chiu and Ben Evans to author a chapter that takes a close look at the demand for Cambodian heritage and provides an overview of the history of its looting and protection, showing that cultural racketeering can cause as much damage to a country’s heritage as outright destruction.

Learn more and order the book here.