Friday 29 April 2011

Fighting Antiquity Abuse: Get Involved

The destruction of the world's cultural heritage
is not a problem for scholars, professors, legislators and members of law enforcement alone.

It is a societal problem that attacks the very core of who we are.

It requires collective action and creative solutions.

Because the ancient past belongs to all of humanity, we must share stewardship and responsibility for protecting cultural heritage, ancient sites and antiquities no matter where they are found.

No matter who you are or what you do, you can make a difference.

SAFE provides you with the framework for action. Join SAFE now and get involved in its efforts to raise public awareness.

I thought it was time I plugged that again, I'm getting a lot of readers at the moment, getting some enquiries about what people can do. Interestingly (as far as I am aware) there is not a corresponding organization in the UK (Heritage Action has a somewhat different focus, the PAS a totally [!] different profile). Given the size, nature and influence of the British antiquities trade, maybe its time somebody thought about starting a British SAFE, thought it will be an uphill battle - you'd be opposed by the local metal detectorists (aided most likely by transatlantic coineys) every step of the way, and probably can't expect much help from the media. Not for the faint-hearted. But until somebody takes on the task, please support the efforts of the US one every way you can.

1 comment:

Damien Huffer said...

I second this. They (we) are the only such antiquities trade education and outreach focused organization with global coverage and membership in the world, if I'm not mistaken.

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