Monday, 14 July 2014

Capt. Thomas Livoti works to protect antiquities from wartime looting

“Now more than ever, protecting antiquities,
monuments and other cultural property is essential
for defeating global terrorism and insurgency,” says
Marine Capt. Thomas Livoti. “When you remove
cultural property or antiquities as a funding mechanism
for terrorists, it can save people's lives.”

Another "Monuments men" story:Martin Kidston, 'UM student, Marine works to protect antiquities from wartime looting', July 13, 2014.

"Now a doctoral candidate at UM, Livoti has emerged as an unlikely expert in the protection of cultural properties and antiquities during counterinsurgency operations. He’s also been tapped by the U.S. Army to help restore the “Monuments Men,” picking up where the fabled World War II unit left off when it disbanded in 1951. “The military has realized that we need cultural property professionals on the battlefield,” Livoti said. “We’d advise commanders on the ground how to guard cultural property in order to protect the heritage of the host nation, and to keep the terrorists from acquiring antiquities and using them as a cash crop.”
It's not just the commanders on the ground you need to chase but the collectors back home. 

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