Inventorying, restoration, etc. etc. There are many ways in which sacred art is preserved. In this section we will document some of these efforts.
Fagotto, Matteo. (2017) The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS. The Atlantic. 23 February
Kunthear, Mom. (2017) Ancient statue a riddle for experts. Khmer Times. 13 February
McKernan, Bethan. (2017) New Dead Sea Scrolls cave filled with ancient artefacts discovered for first time in 60 years. The Independent. 9 February
McGivern, Hannah. (2017) Call for Italy's quake-stricken works to return home for treatment. The Art Newspaper. 3 February
ANI. (2017) Chhattisgarh: Ancient Ganesha idol damaged by suspected Maoists successfully restored. Business Standard. 2 February
Mack, Tom. (2017) Ancient Welby church banned from displaying 'tasteless' plaque thanking lottery windfall. Leicester Mercury. 23 January
(Churches install security systems because of robberies)
Nueva Ciudad. (2017) Varias Iglesias instalan sistemas de seguridad por los robos. Nueva Ciudad. 19 January
El-Aref, Nevine. (2017) Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art to open Friday after two-year closure. Ahram Online. 18 January
Lewis, Ori. (2017) Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation. Reuters. 18 January
Stoilas, Helen. (2017) How the estate of Thailand's missing 'Silk King' was among the winners of Reagan's 1986 Tax Reform Act. The Art Newspaper. 9 January
Like most people, I was devastated to hear about the earthquake in Nepal, a site of particular focus for Stolen Gods. I learned about the quake while on fieldwork in Mexico and, like most, felt helpless in the face of tragedy. I know that my friends in Nepal are safe. Not everyone can say that. Sacred Art has taken centre stage in the aftermath of the earthquake, at times and unfortunately pushing human tragedy from worldwide focus. We need to think about people first, and then objects. Yet what I know is objects and I would like to offer what I have.
As I am in Nepal at the moment, literally tripping over sacred sites (which can't be great for my 'culturally sensitive' image), a quick post on temple looting here. Consider this the surface being scratched. The problem is complex. I'll be looking more into it in the future.