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  • What do you think: “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu” by Joy Lynn Davis

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    Following up with the previous blog post, “What do you think?”, this blog post introduces another cultural heritage protection project that reached out to SAFE for suggestions and advice.

    Joy Lynn Davis leads a public-awareness and art production project, “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu.” It started in 2010 as a response to the illicit smuggling of sacred stone sculptures in Nepal. She has created paintings with 23 karat gold that emphasize the absence of the stolen sculptures

    She has organized community outreach activities and an exhibition, which was sponsored by UNESCO. To learn more about Davis’ projects, visit http://rememberingthelost.com/.

    Join the conversation of raising awareness by either adding your own projects and ideas with SAFE or discussing the ideas in the forum provided: Post your project ideas to our SAFECONNECT and Facebook group, which we created for members of our community to share their work. While SAFE is not able to endorse all submissions, we are delighted to provide the public forum.

     

    Featured Image: Joy Lynn Davis. 15th Century Lakshmi Narayan, Patan, Nepal. Acrylic with 23 kt. gold on cotton rag paper, 40 x 30”, 2013. http://rememberingthelost.com/paintings/

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  • Help SAFE serve you better

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    SAFE is working on a planning initiative to better the organization and help achieve its mission. We have designed a survey to measure readers’ opinions of SAFE and its programs, mission, strengths, and weaknesses. We would appreciate if you could take a couple minutes of your time to participate in this survey. Please follow the instructions, and where appropriate, add in your comments. Thank you for your time.

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  • Inspirational Past: college student’s appeal for cultural heritage protection

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    I do not have many memories from my childhood. But if I fumble through the deepest and the most distant recollections, one particular memory surfaces amidst the haze. I remember—vividly and intensely—standing in front of the colossal statue of a winged human-headed bull at the British Museum. How can I ever forget the initial encounter with this beautiful beast? Its proud chest. Its majestic wings. Its strong hooves. What I felt then was a sense of awe and the sublime, even though I only had a heart of a twelve-year-old.

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    As a college student of art history now, I appreciate the foresight my parents had to take me to the greatest museums around the world when I was young. The monumental sculptures from Assyria, Egypt, and Babylonia at ...

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  • SAFE featured in “Al-Miraat”

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    The Nov. 2014 inaugural issue of “Al-Miraat” (“The Mirror”) features a translation of “Heritage Crisis in Syria: a call for a moratorium on the antiquities trade” by SAFE summer intern Heather Lee. A senior at Amherst College, Heather has contributed a number of thought-provoking posts on this blog around the issues of SAFE’s concern, the prevention of looting and illegal trafficking and the development of international laws and policies regarding these issues. Read Heather’s other posts here.

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    Published in Syria, “Al-Miraat” is an independent monthly “political, economical, social, cultural” magazine, issued by the “North & South for Strategic Studies” in Aleppo. According to Mohammed Mousa, its chief editor Dr. Ali Hafez is a journalist, writer and director of documentary films. Formerly a lecturer at the college of Rostov in Russia, Dr. Hafez is in Aleppo now and is “concerned about the destruction of the buildings and the monuments in old Aleppo.” Dr. Ali is interested in “any project that aims to protect the Syrian cultural heritage.” This is their Facebook page and web site (still under construction.)

    When SAFE was approached about having the post translated, we were told that “this article is important to let our people know more about this problem.” With this gesture, SAFE is grateful for the opportunity to let the Syrian people know that we do care, deeply, about the state of their heritage, our heritage.

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  • Documenting the Damage: An Interview with Dr. Simone Mühl

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    Simone Mühl studied Near Eastern Archaeology, Assyriology and Proto- and Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). After achieving her Master of Arts-degree there in 2007, she started working on her PhD-thesis entitled, “History of Settlement in the central Trans-Tigris area – from the Neolithic to the Late Assyrian period”. In 2011, she received her PhD and started working as Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Munich. Presently she is the archaeological director of the Shahrizor Survey Project (Iraq), where she started working in 2009.


    Briefly describe your personal research and outreach background in regards to Iraq?

    I have worked as an archaeologist, investigating the ancient cultures of northern Iraq since approximately 2007. Like many people around the world, the happenings in Iraq create a feeling of helplessness regarding this humanitarian disaster, but also the destruction and harm in the cultural sector. In order to keep track and sort the news reports, initially ...

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