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#CultureUnderThreat Task Force Report Release

The Antiquities Coalition, Asia Society, and Middle East Institute convened the #CultureUnderThreat Task Force to counter these threats to our world heritage and national security. The Task Force brings together a diverse group of experts to explore solutions and serve as an ongoing resource to policymakers.  This is the first time such a diverse group of experts has come together to develop such a comprehensive range of solutions.

Museum Digitization and Documentation Center in Egypt

The Antiquities Coalition is excited to announce its role in a newly launched collaboration to establish the Museum Digitization and Documentation Center in Egypt, which will safeguard the country’s rich history while building capacity among a new generation of heritage professionals. This project is a joint partnership with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and the Ministry to Antiquities in Egypt. The images presented here are of the Antiquities Coalition’s tour of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations in Egypt in May 2015.

#CultureUnderThreat 2015 New York Forum

The Antiquities Coalition in partnership with the Asia Society, the Middle East Institute, and UNESCO hosted the “#CultureUnderThreat: The Security, Economic, and Cultural Impact of Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing” forum in New York City, September 24, 2015. The forum brought together Foreign Ministers from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Australia as well as senior government officials from around the world, leaders of arts institutions and archaeological associations, and experts in cultural heritage management, law, and terrorism. The conference sought to create practical solutions to combat the looting and trafficking of antiquities, and had a major source of funding for terrorism.

2015 Cairo Conference Summit: Cultural Property Under Threat

The 2015 Cairo Conference held in Cairo, Egypt from 13-14 May 2015 brought together Ministers of Antiquities, Culture, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs from ten key governments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the Secretary of the Arab League, Nail al-Araby. International expert leaders from archaeology, business, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, security, and military affairs convened to develop regional solutions to cultural cleansing and cultural racketeering. The Cairo Conference resulted in the Cairo Declaration 2015 that announced a regional “action plan” to stop terrorist financing through cultural racketeering.

Antiquity Repatriation Ceremony at Egyptian Embassy in DC

On June 17, 2015, the Antiquities Coalition assisted with repatriating a collection of 26th dynasty ushabtis to the Egyptian government on behalf of Ms. Cynthia Croasdaile, an American citizen who spent her childhood in Egypt and inherited the collection from her parents. After reading about the efforts of the Egyptian government to combat looting in a March 2014 story in the New York Times, Ms. Croasdaile was inspired to return her family’s collection of antiquities, which dates back over 3000 years. She reached out to the Antiquities Coalition to help support her efforts.

State Department hearing on Egypt Antiquities Import Memorandum of Understanding

On Monday, June 2, 2014 members of the Antiquities Coalition joined together with fellow advocates to attend a hearing and show support for a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) between the State Department Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) and the government of Egypt. The MoU would allow CPAC and State to place import restrictions on incoming antiquities from Egypt to help curb the rampant artifact looting and cultural racketeering that has taken place since the Arab Spring. The CPAC has several such bilateral agreements with over a dozen countries.

Testimonies in favor of the MoU included:
David O’Connor (American Research Center in Egypt); Laurel Bestock (Brown University); Douglas Boin (Saint Louis University); Elizabeth Varner (Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation); Carmen Arnold-Biucchi (Harvard University); Monica Hanna (Egyptologist and activist); Sarah Parcak (University of Alabama at Birmingham and The Antiquities Coalition); and Brian Daniels (Penn Cultural Heritage Center).

Egypt Ministry & ICPEA MoU Signing – March 11, 2014

The Antiquities Coalition was honored to host the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Mohammed Ibrahim the week of March 9 in Washington, DC. During his visit, Minister Ibrahim and Deborah Lehr, Chairman of the International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities (ICPEA) — an initiative of the Antiquities Coalition — signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which forms a public private partnership to protect Egyptian Antiquities from cultural racketeering. This partnership is the first of its kind for the Ministry. The signing ceremony took place at The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Cambodia Roundtable on Cultural Racketeering – May 8, 2014

Antiquities Coalition team members Deborah Lehr, Peter Herdrich, Katie Paul, and Tess Davis, an archaeologist and advocate of Cambodian cultural heritage organized the roundtable on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in New York for a discussion on cultural racketeering in Cambodia and internationally. The Roundtable was led by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, Secretary of State Chan Tani, and Director General of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Hab Touch, the delegation engaged a group of international experts in a wide ranging discussion about the problem of looting and the illegal trafficking in antiquities and told about efforts to return the 10th century sculptural group from the Koh Ker dynasty temple site at Prasat Chen.

The ICPEA Mission to Egypt – May 2011

The International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities (ICPEA) to a mission trip to Egypt in May 2011 to assess the state of heritage sites after the January 2011 Revolution.

Egypt’s Damage on the Ground

Egypt’s Heritage Task Force, a campaign to protect antiquities begun on Facebook by Egyptologist, Monica Hanna. The campaign’s photos on the ground provide an in depth look at the devastating current state of Egypt’s cultural heritage. All photos in this album used with permission of Egypt’s Heritage Task Force Facebook Page.

Egypt’s Damage Seen from Space

The Coalition used aerial imagery analyzed by Dr. Sarah Parcak, National Geographic Explorer and Egyptologist from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to examine looting across Egypt, and the results were unsettling.

These images show the progression of looting at key locations Egypt less than six months after the January, 2011 revolution. The dark spots are the pits dug by looters; the increased presence of these pits show that continues to get worse as looters invade sites and steal Egypt’s past.