Nemesis was the Greek god of retribution so, in the context of crimes against our heritage, it made sense to choose her as part of our name. After years of working apart, in 2017 we created this cluster in the form of an association to join forces formally and start working together against the looting and illicit trade of cultural heritage, specially archaeological.
We are a group of researchers and professionals from different backgrounds and institutions, but with a common goal: to advance in a better environment for the protection of cultural heritage in a context of intensive looting. We have years of experience researching and acting in this sense, but we saw necessary to join forces more formally in order to coordinate a better strategy. We have focused mainly on Spain, but it was also time to move forward into the international arena.
We have four main lines of action: Research about looting, illicit trade and cultural heritage management; Promotion of these actions amongst interested parties; Promotion of best practices in the responsible management of cultural heritage; Outreach of the results, fostering a more participative engagement with cultural heritage.
In this sense we have started to coordinate different actions, from the conduction of research projects or the coordination of publications, to the participation in courses, conferences, or the organization of different outreach activities. You can follow our work (web in Spanish with some English outcomes) for more details.
But with this English excerpt about the association we really want to put ourselves out there, open for cooperation with other colleagues from outside Spain that share similar goals and want to venture together in larger projects or initiatives. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information of a proposal.