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. It is not a responsibility for scholars, professors, legislators and members of law enforcement alone. Here are some ways anyone can make a difference:
Join our 10 YEARS AFTER global awareness campaign
Light a candle for global heritage
Stand with SAFE to make a public statement of our commitment to preserving cultural heritage, and as a tribute to all those who fight to safeguard cultural heritage every day. It takes 30 seconds…
Share with us your ideas and thoughts about global heritage preservation and help us raise public awareness about your own work in this regard. That simple.
Report suspicious items. In the U.S., if you encounter objects you suspect to have been stolen or illegally imported according to bilateral agreements with other countries, contact the FBI’s Art Crime Team, the country’s first national art-crime team.
Ask questions. SAFE encourages members of the public and attorneys general in the United States–who serve as caretakers of non-profit institutions, which include museums–to ask museums to discuss their acquisition policies and procedures.
If you collect antiquities, make sure the items you purchase have proper documentation, provenance and export permits if required. It is important to acquire good title to a piece, not mere possession. When in doubt, consult an attorney.
Speak up. The U.S. government considers public opinion during open sessions when deciding on whether to enter into bilateral agreements with other countries to restrict importation of antiquities into the U.S. We urge anyone with information or comments relevant to one or more of the four determinations to voice their concern to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) during these hearings.