Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The XVIth International Numismatic Congress in Warsaw, 2021

At the XVth International Numismatic Congress in Taormina Sicily in September of this year, delegates voted to confirm Warsaw, Poland as the venue for XVIth Congress in 2021.  The distinguished numismatist Aleksander Bursche is organizing the XVIth Congress.

Poland has a long history as a center of numismatic scholarship as summarized by the promotional video presented at the XVth Congress.  It is available here and below.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

SAFE Founder Receives AIA's 2016 Outstanding Public Service Award

Congratulations to Cindy Ho, founder of Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE), who will receive the 2016 Outstanding Public Service Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.

I became aware of SAFE back in 2007 when I began research on the illicit antiquities trade in response to some of the bizarre arguments I saw repeatedly deployed to defend it.  Cindy was very encouraging of those early explorations .  Cindy has done a great deal to raise popular awareness of the looting problem and is thus well-deserving of this distinction.  As she might say, looting is not just a loss to archaeology and historical study, but it constitutes a loss to us all.  The AIA's citation for Cindy's award states "For her prominent and dedicated work to raise public awareness of the need to safeguard archaeological heritage."