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Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk

The fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods requires the enhancement of legal instruments and the use of practical tools disseminating information, raising public awareness, and preventing illegal export. 

Following reports of widespread damage and looting at cultural heritage sites in Syria, ICOM decided to publish the Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk with the aim to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Syrian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. In order to facilitate identification, the Emergency Red List illustrates the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally bought and sold.

Museums, auction houses, art dealers and collectors are encouraged not to acquire such objects without having carefully and thoroughly researched their origin and all the relevant legal documentation. Due to the great diversity of objects, styles and periods, the Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk is far from exhaustive. Any cultural good that could have originated from  Syria should be subjected to detailed scrutiny and precautionary measures.

 

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

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

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

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

Download the Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk in Turkish 

Acknowledgements

ICOM thanks the invaluable help of the experts who contributed to the List, without whom its publication would not have been possible. These are, in alphabetical order:

  • Ali Othman, Research Assistant at the Louvre Museum, France
  • Astrid Nunn, Supernumerary professorship for Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Würzburg’s Department of Ancient Cultures, Germany
  • Augusta McMahon, University Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropologym United Kingdom
  • Danielle Stordeur, Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • Eric Gubel, Curator at the Royal Museums of Art and History’s Antiquities Department, Belgium
  • Hamam Saad, Co-director of Syrian Archaeological excavations, Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums, Syria
  • Ghayad Daoud, Archaeologist at the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • Jean-Baptiste Yon, Researcher at the University of Lyon 2, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée - Jean Pouilloux, France
  • Mammoun Abdulkarin, Director General of Antiquities and Museums at the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), Syria
  • Michel Al-Maqdissi, PhD at Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon
  • Pascal Butterlin, Professor of Oriental archaeology at the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • Rodrigo Martín Galán, European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Unit of International Cooperation with the Mediterranean Neighbourhood Countries (Arab states), Belgium
  • Salam Al Kuntar, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Anthropology, USA
  • Shaker Al-Shbib, Researcher at the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • Sophie Cluzan, Heritage Curator at the Louvre Museum’s Department of Oriental Antiquities, France