Jim Fitton was found guilty of smuggling antiquities after 12 small pottery shards were found in his luggage at a Baghdad airport.
The bottom line is that current laws on the trade of antiquities are insufficient, allowing the looting of culturally significant property to continue.
Artifacts stolen from the Kotawehera Rajamaha temple in Sri Lanka are the latest victims of longstanding looting and trafficking.
While conversations about historic monuments ignite public debate, a small sculpture which was likely looted heads to auction at Christie’s Paris.
The genesis of the term “loot” in colonial India has racist origins. Now, after the US president called for the killing of those “looting,” its origins become increasingly significant.
The Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research (ATHAR) Project has published a critical report on West Asian antiquities trafficking taking place more or less out in the open on Facebook.
Finds Gone Astray features 40,000 artifacts confiscated from looters and unauthorized dealers in antiquities over the past 50 years. The protestors demand the immediate removal of the exhibition and the repatriation of the stolen items to the Palestinian Authority.
Over 20,000 precious art objects were seized in a raid at dawn — what can this elucidate about beauty, theft, and the museum?
Calls for greater law enforcement efforts to fight antiquities trafficking have been growing ever since ISIS’ profiteering from the trade in looted antiquities became public knowledge in 2014. Two years later, concrete steps are finally being taken.
Two guards at the Dayr al-Barsha archaeological site in Middle Egypt were killed by looters during a foiled robbery this weekend.
ISIS’s systematic looting in Syria has captured the world’s attention, but a new study shows they’re not the only ones selling off the country’s cultural heritage.
Marion True, former curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, made headlines recently by giving her first interview since 2007.