Benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection 2019-2024 Archaeology and cultural heritage are typically perceived as a national issue, but taking into account the open borders and other aspects of the EU common policy, many issues relevant to cultural heritage are important not only at national but also at EU level. Therefore, in view of the European Parliament elections, the European Association of Archaeologists has developed a document entitled "Benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection 2019-2024”. The document covers topics important for coordination and/ or dealing with at EU level. This year, when it comes to choosing which party to vote for in the European Parliament elections, it is important to know the positions of these parties on the protection of cultural heritage and archaeological artefacts in the upcoming European Parliament debates.
Awareness raising and protection of archaeological heritage Significant amount of illegal excavations and information regarding Internet trade of protected artefacts, the number of criminal cases and other violations strongly implies that Latvian archaeological heritage is endangered. The detailed situation unfortunately is not precisely known since correspondent statistical data are not being processed and analysed on regular basis. The Article reveals practical solutions to the problem, as well as describes the analysis of national situation regarding protection of archaeological artefacts*
Crime against cultural property: finding solutions Statistical data confirms that the prevention of and fight against the illegal dealing in cultural objects in Latvia should be paid significant attention. Thefts of icons and paintings as well as the illegal obtainment of archaeological artifacts in unlawful excavations are more characteristic in Latvia than other offenses against cultural objects. Cultural objects are being more frequently illegally obtained in private dwellings, places of worship, cemeteries and ancient burial places. The Article reveals the main reasons of unsatisfying statistical data, discusses possible technical and social solutions for stronger preventing and combating offenses against cultural objects*