Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Statement on the preservation of cultural heritage
From Chaco Canyon to Mesopotamia, from the ravages of resource extraction to the targeting of heritage sites in war, the University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum of Anthropology stands for the protection of cultural heritage and against the wanton destruction of irreplaceable sites, living monuments, landscapes, and institutions that hold the material evidence, memories, and stories of our shared human experience.
The Maxwell Museum joins with the Archaeological Institute of America, American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, American Alliance of Museums (AAM), International Council of Museums (ICOM), and numerous other museums and heritage organizations and professionals in the US and around the world in denouncing recent statements by President Trump threatening cultural heritage sites of Iran.
For those interested in learning more about the longstanding commitments of the US military and international treaties and conventions concerning the protection of cultural heritage see:
Department of Defense Law of War Manual , Section 5.18, pp. 293-312.
Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, United Nationals Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1972