In Dick Ellis’ course on Policing, I studied art in the black market and in organized crime, researching methods of tracing illicit trafficking. In Art and Heritage Law with Duncan Chappell, we became better equipped to apply both national and international law, and following Marc Balcells’ Criminology course, I now feel more comfortable addressing organised crime. As crime itself is getting stronger, it is important that we too strengthen ourselves and our knowledge. Amidst the chaos in Syria, we are preparing for the aftermath, trying to maintain stability through networking, documenting damage, and collecting data for analysis.
Founding the ArchaeologyIN, the Archaeology Information Network has not only provided an opportunity to raise cultural heritage awareness, in Syria, but also in Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Turkey and Italy. In the conflict-plagued countries it has also served to create a space for the collection of data about current damage and has highlighted the good work of others who are invested in cultural heritage protection. I also maintain a Twitter account for those that want to follow me at: @SamAbdelGhafour
Some of the principle pages of the Archaeologyin Network are:
Facebook: ArchaeologyinSyria Twitter: @AinSyria
Facebook: ArchaeologyinIraq Twitter: @AinIraq
Facebook: ArchaeologyinYemen Twitter: @AinYemen1
Facebook: ArchaeologyinLibya Twitter: @AinLibya
Facebook: ArchaeologyinTurkey Twitter: @AinTurkey
Facebook: ArchaeologyinItaly Twitter: @AinItaly
and our Mother page
Facebook: ArchaeologyIN Twitter: @Archaeology_IN
What has been your favorite thing about the program? About living in Amelia?
Thirdly I have been working with IIMAS – The International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies as an Associate Director for Institutional Communications.
ARCA is accepting applications for the 2017 Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection. For more information on how to apply, please click here.
For information on who is teaching this year, please see our earlier blog post.