These websites contain useful resources about the protection and preservation of sacred art.


ArThemis (University of Geneva)

A fully searchable database containing case notes about disputes over cultural property.

Follow the Pots (DePaul University)

Studying the looting of the southern Levant.

Trafficking Culture (University of Glasgow)

Producing an evidence-based picture of the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.


ARCA: Association for Research into Crimes Against Art

A research and outreach organization which works to promote the study and research of art crime and cultural heritage protection.

Digital Monastery Project

Training monks, nuns, and cultural caretakers in Bhutan how to properly document their sacred art to help prevent theft and aid recovery.

Global Heritage Fund

A mission to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world.

Heritage Watch

Dedicated to the preservation of Southeast Asia’s cultural heritage.

ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods

Preventing and fighting the illegal trade in cultural property and related crimes at both national and international levels.

ICOM Red List Database

All of ICOM’s art and antiquities red lists in one place.

IFAR: International Foundation for Art Research

Offers impartial and authoritative information on authenticity, ownership, theft, and other artistic, legal, and ethical issues concerning art objects.

Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Fosters the stewardship of the objects, places, and traditions that define us as societies, nations, civilizations, and even human beings.

SAFE: Saving Antiquities for Everyone

Seeks to raise public awareness about the irreversible damage that results from looting, smuggling and trading illicit antiquities.

For Profits

Art Loss Register

Leader in art provenance research.

Governmental and Intergovernmental

Argentina: Tráfico Ilícito

Laws, red list, and contact information regarding the illicit trafficking of Argentine cultural objects.

Blue Shield International

Works for the protection of the world cultural heritage by coordinating preparations to meet and respond to emergency situations as well as post-crisis support.

Guatemala: Trafico Ilicito de Bienes Culturales

Photographs and description of stolen cultural property from the Guatemalan ministry of culture. Most of it is sacred art.

India: Tamil Nadu Police Idol Wing

Unit focused on investigating the idol theft cases.

Interpol: Works of art

Includes the Interpol stolen art database and other resources.

Italy: Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale

Website of the cultural property crime division.

UNESCO: Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

A collection of information about conventions and preservation via UNESCO.

USA: Cultural Property Protection, State Department

State Department site which includes information about all of the cultural property agreements in effect in the USA.

USA: FBI Art Theft

Team focused on the investigation of art and antiquities crime.

USA: ICE Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

The investigative wing of US Customs.

UK: Met Police Art and Antiquities Unit

Bare bones, but with a ‘Contact Us’.