22/08/2019

in the line of fire: cultural heritage in hybrid warfare – occupation, destruction, trafficking, espionage and propaganda

At the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict, I (Сем Харді) explored cultural heritage in hybrid warfare – occupation, destruction, trafficking, espionage and propaganda.
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21/08/2019

the situation of archaeological heritage in the area of hostilities (Lugansk region [Ukraine])

At the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Serhii Telizhenko or Sergey Telizhenko (Сергій Теліженко) revealed the situation of archaeological heritage in the area of hostilities (Lugansk region).
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20/08/2019

protection of cultural heritage in the territory of occupied Crimea: pursuit of international legal channels by Ukraine

At the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict, the former Director-General of Bakhchisaray State Historical-Cultural Reserve, current Project Coordinator of the Crimean Institute for Strategic Studies, Elmira Ablyalimova (Ельміра Аблялімова) discussed protection of cultural heritage in the territory of occupied Crimea [and] pursuit of international legal channels.
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19/08/2019

archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict in Ukraine

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to participate in a public seminar on Archaeology in Occupied Territories and in Zones of Armed Conflict (Археологія на Окупованих Територіях та у Зонах Збройних Конфліктів), which was organised by the All-Ukrainian Association of Archaeologists (Спілка Археологів України) and the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Інститут археології НАН України).
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14/08/2019

note on Ukraine’s first ATO Museum

In the course of making notes for material from a seminar on Archaeology in Occupied Territories and in Zones of Armed Conflict, which will be posted next week and the week after, I found images in reports that depicted Ukraine’s first ATO Museum in Dnipro (in Ukrainian, Перший Музей АТО Дніпро; in Russian, Первый Музей АТО Днепр), the Museum of the Anti-Terrorist Operation against acts of destabilisation, invasion and occupation by Russia. It reminded me of formal and informal efforts to memorialise the Revolution of Dignity while it was still under way.
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05/08/2019

immoral, failed refugee policy in Europe and subsistence trafficking of fake antiquities by asylum-seekers from North Africa and West Asia

When I was discussing subsistence trafficking of cultural objects by asylum-seekers with students of the ARCA Postgraduate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection, I was reminded of a case from 2015, when Mesopotamian-style figurines were found in a tent (šotorov) at a reception centre (sprejemnem centru) for refugees (begunce) in Gruškovje, Slovenia. When they were found, they were believed to be ‘Sumerian statues of great historical value that could have been 4,500 years old [sumerske kipce velike zgodovinske vrednosti, ki bi lahko bili stari 4.500 let]’.
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19/07/2019

to get a good price, ‘you have to sell in international bidding sites’: trafficking of metal-detected cultural goods from South Asia

I’m happy to say that I’ve published a chapter on trafficking of metal-detected cultural goods from South Asia in a book on criminal networks and law enforcement: global perspectives on illegal enterprise by Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko. There is a postprint copy.
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04/07/2019

online trafficking of cultural objects from crisis zones and conflict zones and open-source analysis of the illicit trade

Thanks to the support of the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology (Nordisk Samarbejdsråd for Kriminologi), I was able to participate in their Research Seminar on Crime, Crime Control and Criminology in the Digital Era in Helsingør, Denmark, on the 8th-10th May 2019.
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03/07/2019

antiquities trafficking and conflict financing: the fight against looting and smuggling of cultural property goods in a global perspective of peace

This is the postprint of a published chapter on antiquities trafficking and conflict financing: the fight against looting and smuggling of cultural property goods in a global perspective of peace.
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09/01/2019

Adnan Oktar (or Harun Yahya), truckloads of ‘antiquities’ and a ‘stolen’ painting

When I summarily checked the coverage of cultural property crime in Russia-controlled, Turkish-language Sputnik News, I was reminded of the ongoing case against Islamic televangelist cult leader (and, inevitably, conspiracy theorist) Adnan Oktar (who is also referred to as Adnan Hoca and also operates as Harun Yahya and Adnan Harun Yahya).
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