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.
A research and outreach organization which works to promote the study and research of art crime and cultural heritage protection.
Training monks, nuns, and cultural caretakers in Bhutan how to properly document their sacred art to help prevent theft and aid recovery.
A mission to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world.
Dedicated to the preservation of Southeast Asia’s cultural heritage.
Preventing and fighting the illegal trade in cultural property and related crimes at both national and international levels.
All of ICOM’s art and antiquities red lists in one place.
Offers impartial and authoritative information on authenticity, ownership, theft, and other artistic, legal, and ethical issues concerning art objects.
Fosters the stewardship of the objects, places, and traditions that define us as societies, nations, civilizations, and even human beings.
Seeks to raise public awareness about the irreversible damage that results from looting, smuggling and trading illicit antiquities.
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.
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.
Website of the cultural property crime division.
A collection of information about conventions and preservation via UNESCO.
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.
The investigative wing of US Customs.
Bare bones, but with a ‘Contact Us’.