Books News: The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property: Saving the World’s Heritage

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A new book on cultural heritage protection was released in late 2015 by Laurie Rush (Cultural Resources Manager and Army Archaeologist at Fort Drum) and Luisa Benedettini Millington (Professor at the Community College of Vermont). In their book The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property: Saving the World’s Heritage, the scholars discuss the problem of modern cultural heritage laws in the context of the nation of Italy. The abstract to their book contains the following:

Renowned for their rigorous investigative approach, the dedicated officers of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property (Carabinieri TPC) have recovered thousands of objects and built legal cases resulting in high profile repatriations of cultural property. Their actions have effectively changed an art market that previously depended upon theft and criminal behaviour. Italy is a nation that greatly values its ancient past alongside its artistic present, and it is this appreciation that has led to the creation of the world’s premier police force dedicated to law enforcement in the arts, heritage and archaeology. As the TPC’s dedicated officers work to protect every aspect of Italy’s rich cultural heritage, their organisation, training, approach, missions and successes offer valuable lessons for all who share the goal of protecting and recovering cultural property.

Their book can be found at their publisher’s website here.

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