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Pre-Conflict Planning for Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict

Author(s): Chris McDaid

Year: 2015

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One way to limit the amount of damage done to cultural property during armed conflict is to work within the international framework developed by the 1954 Hague Convention for the

Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. This international treaty requires its signatories to develop processes to protect cultural properties including significant archaeological sites and monuments. One way to lessen the likelihood of damage to cultural

properties is to have the discussions about what is significant, what data would military planners need to add cultural property to a "No Strike list," and how would one get that data to the appropriate place in the military structure. In the recent past lists of cultural property were developed in an ad hoc manner. In my presentation, I will lay out the international framework created by the 1954 Hague Convention and discuss recent efforts of academics, heritage managers, and military members to lessen the effects of armed conflict on cultural property.

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Pre-Conflict Planning for Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict. Chris McDaid. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395642)


Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America