Sacred art faces many threats, both from nature and from humans. Here we document some of these threats. Threatened sacred art is not destroyed sacred art, there is still time to intervene.

Recent Articles

Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic (Americas; United States of America)

McComba, Brady. (2017) Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic. The Daily Progress. 18 March

Jordan demands Israel halts works at Jerusalem’s Umayyad Palaces (West and Central Asia; Jordan)

The Jordan Times. (2017) Jordan demands Israel halts works at Jerusalem's Umayyad Palaces. The Jordan Times. 1 March

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS (West and Central Asia; Iraq; Syria)

Fagotto, Matteo. (2017) The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS. The Atlantic. 23 February

Greek police arrest 81-year-old ex-poultry baron for undeclared antiquities (Europe; Greece)

Tornos News. (2017) Greek police arrest 81-year-old ex-poultry baron for undeclared antiquities. Tornos News. 15 February

Call for Italy’s quake-stricken works to return home for treatment (Europe; Italy)

McGivern, Hannah. (2017) Call for Italy's quake-stricken works to return home for treatment. The Art Newspaper. 3 February

El Obispado de Cádiz afronta una multa por abandonar una iglesia paleocristiana (Europe; Spain)

(The bishopric of Cádiz faces fine for abandoning early Christian church)

Cañas, Jesús A. (2017) El Obispado de Cádiz afronta una multa por abandonar una iglesia paleocristiana. El País. 18 January

Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation (West and Central Asia; Israel)

Lewis, Ori. (2017) Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation. Reuters. 18 January

Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation (West and Central Asia; Palestine)

Lewis, Ori (2017) Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation. Reuters. 18 January.

Bringing the gods home (Nepal; South and East Asia)

Karki, Saurav (2017) Bringing the gods home. The Kathmandu Post. 3 January.

Bringing the gods home (South and East Asia; Nepal)

Karki, Saurav. (2017) Bringing the gods home. The Kathmandu Post. 3 January

Recent Posts

300 photos of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur pre-earthquake (Dec 2014) (6th May 2015) (South and East Asia; Nepal)

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.