Committee for Cultural Policy

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The Committee for Cultural Policy, a non-profit organization, educates and informs the public on policies and laws that affect cultural policy.

Mission

The Committee for Cultural Policy, a non-profit organization, educates and informs the public on policies and laws that affect the international movement of cultural property. We believe that cultural policy must be transparent, accountable and consistent with the public benefit. The U.S. is a diverse nation with a global history and heritage. All citizens have the right to see their arti

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Nation-Building with Archaeology: Iraq, Syria and Libya 11/29/2021

Nation-Building with Archaeology: Iraq, Syria and Libya

Nation-Building with Archaeology: Iraq, Syria and Libya Too often, the world seems ready to accept the deliberate revisions of history authored by authoritarian rulers from Asia and the Middle East. Certainly, these autocrats aren’t the only people busy rewriting the past -

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post 11/05/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

Trade Delivers Reality Check to Money Laundering Regulators 11/03/2021

Trade Delivers Reality Check to Money Laundering Regulators

Trade Delivers Reality Check to Money Laundering Regulators On January 1, 2021, amendments to the Bank Secrecy Act were added to define “antiquities dealers” as financial institutions for the purpose of anti-money laundering reporting to U.S. financial authorities. The addition of “antiquities dealers”

Peru Asks to Extend 25 Year Long Art Blockade 11/02/2021

Peru Asks to Extend 25 Year Long Art Blockade

Peru Asks to Extend 25 Year Long Art Blockade The Committee for Cultural Policy[i] and Global Heritage Alliance[ii] jointly submitted testimony on September 26, 2021 to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC), at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State,

Art Market Organizations Stand Together Against Illicit Trade 10/21/2021

Art Market Organizations Stand Together Against Illicit Trade

Art Market Organizations Stand Together Against Illicit Trade Twelve important art market organizations have issued a joint statement to ensure that illicit cultural property coming out of Afghanistan today does not reach the market. The statement makes clear the art market's opposition to

The Real Looting of Afghanistan: Pit Mining vs Heritage 10/20/2021

The Real Looting of Afghanistan: Pit Mining vs Heritage

The Real Looting of Afghanistan: Pit Mining vs Heritage Part 2, on a key source of the Taliban's income, mining, and how that threatens Afghanistan's cultural heritage. Preserving our heritage is so important… The relics we find don’t just belong to the Afghans — they

The Evolution and Deconstruction of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Laws 10/15/2021

The Evolution and Deconstruction of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Laws

Part of our series on Afghanistan culture

The Evolution and Deconstruction of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Laws   Part 3, on the evolution of Afghanistan’s moderate cultural heritage laws, the export of antiquities from 1958 until 1980, and how a law imposed by its Communist puppet government led to a death sentence for

Afghanistan’s Heritage: A Former Government, the Taliban, and a Questionable Blockade 10/14/2021

Afghanistan’s Heritage: A Former Government, the Taliban, and a Questionable Blockade

Part of our series on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Heritage: A Former Government, the Taliban, and a Questionable Blockade On September 21, 2021, The Cultural Heritage Canter at the U.S. Department of State announced that the Cultural Property Advisory Committee would hear a request for a Memorandum of Understanding from "the Former Islamic Republic

Biden to expand Bears Ears and other national monuments, reversing Trump cuts, White House says 10/08/2021

Biden to expand Bears Ears and other national monuments, reversing Trump cuts, White House says

Biden to expand Bears Ears and other national monuments, reversing Trump cuts, White House says The decision will restore full protections to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah and reinstate fishing restrictions in a marine monument off New England.

O Swallow, Karekin Proodian and the Folk Interpretation of Armenian Patriotic Songs — Armenian Museum of America 09/26/2021

O Swallow, Karekin Proodian and the Folk Interpretation of Armenian Patriotic Songs — Armenian Museum of America

O Swallow, Karekin Proodian and the Folk Interpretation of Armenian Patriotic Songs — Armenian Museum of America This month’s music presentation features the intersection of so many aspects of the Armenian experience that it lends itself to the question, what makes a piece of music Armenian?

BLM Seeks Comment On Bears Ears National Monument Site 09/23/2021

BLM Seeks Comment On Bears Ears National Monument Site

BLM Seeks Comment On Bears Ears National Monument Site The Bureau of Land Management would like to make changes at a popular recreation area in southern Utah.Although the Trump administration reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument significantly, the area continues to see visitors, and House on Fire is one of its most popular sites. Landscape p...

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress 09/20/2021

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress Research “has proven that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” the city’s head of culture tells a Belgian newspaper

Photos from Committee for Cultural Policy's post 09/16/2021

Images from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Ethnographic Art: Turkoman Embroidery 09/08/2021

Afghanistan Ethnographic Art: Turkoman Embroidery

Afghanistan Ethnographic Art: Turkoman Embroidery As part of our special Afghanistan issue, we are covering aspects of traditional ethnographic, historical, and ancient art that are little known outside of the region. This year, U.S. activists successfully advocated for radically over-broad

Coins of Afghanistan – Documenting History and Trade 09/08/2021

Coins of Afghanistan – Documenting History and Trade

Coins of Afghanistan – Documenting History and Trade Cultural Property News thanks author Peter K. Tompa for making possible the following abridgment of commentary submitted to Congress in 2004 as commentary on proposed legislation introduced but not passed into law, H.R. 4641[1], the

09/03/2021

In collaboration with the Hargeysa Cultural Center and the Redsea Online Cultural Foundation, Adam Lowe, Otto Lowe and Ferdinand Saumarez Smith from Factum Foundation travelled to Somaliland in July/August to carry out a skills and technology transfer while recording buildings, manuscripts and several sites containing neolithic paintings.

The team carried out the high-resolution 3D documentation of the painted chambers at #LaasGeel: a complex of 22 rock shelters containing some of the earliest known rock art in the region, dating back to an estimated 5,000 years and remarkably preserved. Despite the remarkable condition of the paintings in Laas Geel, both human and natural changes require condition monitoring, new documentation skills and proper infrastructure to preserve the integrity of the site. The Somaliland Government, through its Ministry of Tourism, and the Redsea Cultural Foundation are focussed on ensuring this happens.

In close collaboration with Dr. Jama Musse Jama, director of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, Factum Foundation recorded seven individual caves using LiDAR, photogrammetry and panoramic composite photography.

The complete 3D and colour datasets of Laas Geel, Dhagax Kure and Dhagax Marode were handed to the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, to ensure the high-resolution data stays in the country. It will be shared with the Somaliland authorities when it is fully processed.

Photos from National Trust for Historic Preservation's post 09/02/2021

Photos from National Trust for Historic Preservation's post

Connecting Threads / Survivor Objects - Tufts University Art Galleries 09/01/2021

Connecting Threads / Survivor Objects - Tufts University Art Galleries

Connecting Threads / Survivor Objects - Tufts University Art Galleries August 30—December 5, 2021 Medford / Online

Pashtunwali: Pashtun Traditional Tribal Law in Afghanistan 08/31/2021

Pashtunwali: Pashtun Traditional Tribal Law in Afghanistan

Pashtunwali: Pashtun Traditional Tribal Law in Afghanistan An introduction to Pashtun traditional law may be useful in understanding the dynamics of Taliban governance and social authority in Afghanistan. Senior Taliban commander Waheedullah Hashimi told Reuters on August 18, 2021 that, "There will

08/27/2021

We are delighted to announce that we have launched the latest version of our free mobile app, known as BDRC Mobile. Download the app from our website at https://www.bdrc.io/, the Apple App Store, or Google Play, and you can carry our library in your pocket. Just don’t sit on your phone, since our library carries the entirety of the Tibetan Buddhist canon!

BDRC Mobile provides mobile access to tens of thousands of Open Access Tibetan texts in BDRC’s library, which are also available on our website. The app’s search tool can work offline, but the image viewer requires an internet connection. You can use the app in Tibetan, English and Chinese. Please search in Unicode Tibetan or use BDRC’s text IDs (RID numbers).

BDRC is dedicated to seeking out, preserving, documenting, and disseminating Buddhist literature. Joining digital technology with scholarship, we ensure that the cultural treasures of the Buddhist literary tradition are secure and accessible for generations to come. #Buddhism #Dharma #BDRC

Satellite Imagery Reveals Azerbaijan's Persistent Erasure of Armenian Heritage Sites 08/24/2021

Satellite Imagery Reveals Azerbaijan's Persistent Erasure of Armenian Heritage Sites

Satellite Imagery Reveals Azerbaijan's Persistent Erasure of Armenian Heritage Sites Using high-resolution satellite imagery, Caucasus Heritage Watch identified over a dozen Armenian sites that have been destroyed, damaged, or threatened by Azerbaijan.

Brent Huffman: Mes Aynak Update 08/18/2021

Brent Huffman: Mes Aynak Update

Deeply concerned for the people of Afghanistan, their cultural heritage, and Mes Aynak.

Brent Huffman: Mes Aynak Update Field archaeology is dangerous. In Afghanistan, it can be incredibly dangerous. A Taliban attack on April 21, 2020 at the checkpoint at the Mes Aynak archaeological site and copper mine killed eight Afghan security personnel. Around the country Taliban attacks on Afghan forces and civilians have ste...

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post 08/18/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post 08/13/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

08/13/2021

A Tibetan manuscript from the National Library of Mongolia. Ratnaketu dhāraṇī sutra (འདུས་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ཏོག་གི་གཟུངས།), beautifully handwritten, in Tibetan uchen script. Dhāraṇī are incantations, potent phrases that embody the Buddha’s teachings. Please view: https://bit.ly/37EAnho.

One of the most valuable surviving archives of Tibetan Buddhist texts, the NLM collection is a treasure trove for scholars, researchers, translators, and practitioners. We are privileged to incorporate these works into our digital library for global access at bdrc.io. #TextThursday #Manuscript #Buddhism

Scanned with Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP), with support from Khyentse Foundation. BDRC Resource ID: W1NLM1313.

Around the Mediterranean: discoveries, ancient economies and national politics 08/03/2021

Around the Mediterranean: discoveries, ancient economies and national politics

Around the Mediterranean: discoveries, ancient economies and national politics Euergetist Does Good in Segesta, Sicily At the end of May 2021, archaeologists and researchers from the University of Pisa, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, and the Segesta Archaeological Park announced new discoveries in Segesta, known as a center of Bronze Age Elymian culture and for its unf...

Archaeological Discovery Points to Long-lost Settlement of Sarabay in Florida 08/03/2021

Archaeological Discovery Points to Long-lost Settlement of Sarabay in Florida

Archaeological Discovery Points to Long-lost Settlement of Sarabay in Florida An archeological team from the University of North Florida (UNF) led by Dr. Keith Ashley, UNF Archaeology Lab director, announced the excavation of an important Native American site in June 2021. The Mocama Archaeological Project at UNF is focused on the Mocama-speaking Timucua Indians of northern F...

A Tale of Two Seizures: The Carabinieri TPC 08/03/2021

A Tale of Two Seizures: The Carabinieri TPC

A Tale of Two Seizures: The Carabinieri TPC The Italian government has announced a press campaign to retrieve the famous Victorious Youth statue from California’s Getty Museum. In addition, a resolution by Italy’s senate advocates retooling legal education to give cultural heritage law prominence, as well as establishing a new pool of mag...

UNESCO Threatens Stonehenge with At-Risk Status 08/03/2021

UNESCO Threatens Stonehenge with At-Risk Status

UNESCO Threatens Stonehenge with At-Risk Status On Salisbury Plain, two very different monuments to human achievement lie side by side: Stonehenge and the A303 highway. Stonehenge, as everyone knows, is an ancient and still mysterious monolith circle, long studied by archaeologists, admired by tourists, and revered by Neo-Pagans and Druidic reviv...

The Strange History of the Torlonia Marbles 08/02/2021

The Strange History of the Torlonia Marbles

The Strange History of the Torlonia Marbles “At the head of it all is God, lord of heaven. Then comes Prince Torlonia, lord of earth. Then comes the armed guard of Prince Torlonia. Then comes the hounds of the armed guard of Prince Torlonia. Then nobody else. And still nobody else. And still again nobody else. Then come the farmers . . .”...

Future UK Ban on Hippo, Narwhal, Whale, and Walrus Ivories? 08/02/2021

Future UK Ban on Hippo, Narwhal, Whale, and Walrus Ivories?

Future UK Ban on Hippo, Narwhal, Whale, and Walrus Ivories? The UK government is once again considering adding ivories (tusks and teeth) from other species to its existing Ivory Act, which prohibits the sale of almost all objects made of elephant ivory.[1] A public consultation on extending the Ivory Act to hippopotamus, narwhal, killer whale, sperm whale an...

Committee for Cultural Policy updated their address. 07/28/2021

Committee for Cultural Policy updated their address.

Committee for Cultural Policy updated their address.

07/16/2021

Have you practiced patience lately? With the lockdowns of the past year, you might have had all the practice you can take. Just remind yourself that patience is one of the six perfections, the virtues developed and practiced by a #Bodhisattva on the path to becoming a #Buddha. The Sanskrit “kṣānti” and the Tibetan word “bzod pa” means patience, endurance or steadfastness.

As Longchenpa, one of the great #Nyingma masters, said:
“Three kinds of patience must the bodhisattvas practice:
Making light of various harms and pains from outside or within;
Endurance, through compassion and reflection on the teachings;
And patience that is “objectless,” that is, concerning emptiness.”

As you make your way in the world, practicing the virtue of patience, consider using that time to contemplate this beautiful Tibetan blockprint of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life for more on cultivating patience and the other perfections: https://bit.ly/3r3kWZg.

07/16/2021

Object Show and Tell: Earthquake Relief Campaign

Turkish MoU Will Devastate Minorities, Bolster Erdoğan Regime 07/13/2021

Turkish MoU Will Devastate Minorities, Bolster Erdoğan Regime

Turkish MoU Will Devastate Minorities, Bolster Erdoğan Regime “The Trump Administration – in its final hours – gifted Turkey the legal rights to claim the vast religious and cultural heritage of the region’s indigenous peoples and minority populations – among them Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, Jews, and Kurds....

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