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A salvage operation that inspired the world: Abu Simbel and the World Heritage
A salvage operation that inspired the world: Abu Simbel and the World Heritage

Our story begins in 1954 when the Egyptian government decided to build a dam across the river Nile. If nothing was done, all of this would be drowned and lost forever.

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How did the Perge Hercules Sarcophagus find its way back to Turkey?
How did the Perge Hercules Sarcophagus find its way back to Turkey?

Many of the details of the story of the restitution of this ancient Roman-period antiquity, which depicts the twelve labours of Hercules and was almost certainly carved in the 2nd century, would put a cloak-and-dagger thriller to shame.

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UN Security Council’s first cultural heritage resolution: 'War crimes are being committed in Iraq and Syria'
UN Security Council’s first cultural heritage resolution: 'War crimes are being committed in Iraq and Syria'

The deliberate destruction of cultural heritage taking place in Turkey’s two southeastern neighbours Iraq and Syria has prompted international organizations to take unprecedented action.

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Fifteen years after the Baghdad museum was ransacked, artefacts of Iraqi origin are still being sold openly on the internet
Fifteen years after the Baghdad museum was ransacked, artefacts of Iraqi origin are still being sold openly on the internet

In April 2018 we also marked the fifteenth anniversary of the “live-from-Baghdad” broadcast of the looting of the National Museum of Iraq while the whole world watched.

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Seeing the Louvre Abu Dhabi in another light: Is it exhibiting loot from Iraq?
Seeing the Louvre Abu Dhabi in another light: Is it exhibiting loot from Iraq?

Just how culpable the Louvre Abu Dhabi really is in all of this is still unclear but the fact that the museum’s impressively big-budget opening should be tainted by such a controversy is ought to be rather thought-provoking.

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ICOM Red Lists: What are they and what are they good for?
ICOM Red Lists: What are they and what are they good for?

One of the outcomes of international efforts to protect cultural properties and to combat the illegal trade in them is the series of “ICOM Red Lists”.

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