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New AC Story Map Looks to the Past and the Future to Mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of 1970 UNESCO Convention

December 30, 2020

Today, the Antiquities Coalition is releasing an interactive Story Map to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the key international law policing the art and antiquities trade: the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.

Over the last half-century, this groundbreaking treaty has brought the world together in a shared mission to safeguard our cultural heritage from tomb raiders and art smugglers, as well as return looted and stolen objects to their rightful owners.

But today, cultural heritage faces very different challenges—and opportunities—than in 1970. The Antiquities Coalition developed this interactive resource to explore the significant changes that have taken place over the last fifty years. It also poses an important question: as we celebrate this milestone, how can we also ensure that international law continues to preserve our history for future generations?

To explore the Story Map, click here.