Posts tagged ‘Ukraine’

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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09/08/2018

a very preliminary review of destruction, trafficking and politics of heritage in social media of Russian trolls

troll factories: the Internet Research Agency and state-sponsored agenda building

Identified members of a Russian state-linked propaganda outlet, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), are being prosecuted for participating in ‘a sophisticated and coordinated campaign to sow disinformation and discord into American politics via social media’, ‘interfering in American electoral and political processes’. Journalist Jim Galloway has captured the logic of much of the activity: ‘let’s you and him fight’.

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03/04/2018

‘black archaeology’ in Eastern Europe: metal detecting, illicit trafficking of cultural objects, and ‘legal nihilism’ in Belarus, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine

I’m happy to say that Public Archaeology has published my article on ‘black archaeology’ in Eastern Europe: metal detecting, illicit trafficking of cultural objects, and ‘legal nihilism’ in Belarus, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

There is an open-access postprint copy, as well as the paywalled official publication. You can also contact me.

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02/04/2018

Illegal finders of antiquities in Ukraine: do digital data indicate grassroots growth, coincidence, false advertising, astroturfing, trolling or sockpuppetry?

I am delighted to say that Ukrainian Archaeology – particularly Ukrainian Archaeology – has published my (open-access) study of illegal finders of antiquities in Ukraine: do digital data indicate grassroots growth, coincidence, false advertising, astroturfing, trolling or sockpuppetry?

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16/10/2017

antiquities trafficking and espionage in the Cold War and the New Cold War

State financing and assassination in the Cold War

As I noted on my doctoral research blog on Cultural Heritage in Conflict (and as Peter Campbell found elsewhere), there is secure evidence of conflict antiquities trafficking by Communist Bulgaria (the People’s Republic of Bulgaria) during the Cold War. There is also secure evidence of connections between state criminals who trafficked arms from Bulgaria and deep state criminals who trafficked drugs (heroin) from Turkey, at a time when drug traffickers from Turkey also trafficked antiquities.

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23/08/2017

impossible numbers for metal detectorists online in Ukraine and possible explanations

One of the reasons that I have been so quiet is that I have been trying to fathom the depths of some bewildering material (in relation to the subject of this post and other cases).

As part of my ongoing analysis of metal detecting (an open-source analysis of quantitative data), I have gathered evidence of more than 100,000 treasure-hunters in the Central-Eastern European region of Belarus, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. However, I have also found evidence of impossible numbers in communities for Ukraine, which cannot easily be explained.

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