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Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk

Why a Red List for Libya?         
The instability and violence that Libya experienced in recent years have put its cultural heritage under tremendous stress and high risk. The threat of systematic damage to cultural heritage sites is of great concern. The losses endured are leading to the historical impoverishment of a country with an exceptionally rich cultural heritage. The slow but steady disappearance of Libya’s cultural witnesses of the past has rendered evident the need for immediate action that will help protect them.

ICOM, thanks to the support of the US Department of State, is publishing the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk to help law enforcement officials as well as art and heritage professionals identify objects originating from Libya that are protected by national legislation and international agreements and instruments, and at risk of being illicitly traded.

The purpose of the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk is to ensure the right of future generations to this heritage. To this aim, ICOM, in close cooperation with a team of national and international experts, has identified and presented here the types of objects from Libya that the current market trends are exposing to the greatest risks.

 

Download the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk in English 

Download the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk in French 

Download the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk in Arabic 

Download the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk in German 

Acknowledgements

  • Hafed Abdouli, Professor of Islamic History, Université de Sfax, and former Professor, Misurata University
  • Paul Bennett, Head of Mission for the Society for Libyan Studies and Director, Canterbury Archaeological Trust
  • Laura Buccino, Member of the Archaeological Mission of the Università Roma Tre at Lepcis Magna and Adjunct Professor of Roman Archaeology at the Dipartimento de Storia, Acheologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Brian Daniels, Director of Research and Programs, Penn University and Penn Museum
  • Anna Leone, Professor at the Centre for Roman Cultural Studies, Durham University
  • Vincent Michel, Director of the French Archaeological Mission in Libya and Lecturer in Ancient Archaeology, Université de Poitiers
  • Luisa Musso, Director of the Archaeological Mission of the Università Roma Tre at Lepcis Magna and Professor of Archaeology and Art History, Università Roma Tre
  • • Marc-André Haldimann, Associate Professor, Université de Berne
  • • Peter Higgs, Curator of Greek Sculpture, British Museum
  • • Susan Kane, Professor of Art History and Chair of Classical Archeology, Oberlin College
  • Mustafa Turjman, Chief of Research and Archaeological Excavation Unit, Libyan Department of Antiquities
  • Hafed Walda, Libyan Heritage Research Fellow, King’s College London
  • Jerzy Żelazowski, Member of the Polish Archaeological Mission to Ptolemais and Adjunct Professor, Archäologisches Institut der Universität Warschau

 

 

ICOM wishes to thank all the institutions and missions who so generously provided the photographs included in the Emergency Red List for Libya:

 

  • British Museum, London
  • French Archaeological Mission
  • Musée du Louvre, Paris
  • Museum of Jerma, Jerma
  • Museum of Lebda, Lepcis Magna
  • National Museum of Tripoli (As-Saraya al-Hamra)
  • Polish Archaeological Mission to Ptolemais
  • RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre), Paris
  • Università Roma Tre Archaeological Mission in Libya