Jim Fitton was found guilty of smuggling antiquities after 12 small pottery shards were found in his luggage at a Baghdad airport.
How the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Might Curtail Antiquity Theft
The bottom line is that current laws on the trade of antiquities are insufficient, allowing the looting of culturally significant property to continue.
The Ongoing Looting of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Heritage
Artifacts stolen from the Kotawehera Rajamaha temple in Sri Lanka are the latest victims of longstanding looting and trafficking.
A Benin Bronze With Fishy Provenance Goes to Auction
While conversations about historic monuments ignite public debate, a small sculpture which was likely looted heads to auction at Christie’s Paris.
“Looting”: The Revolt of the Oppressed
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.
How Social Media is Allowing for Illegal Antiquities Trafficking
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.
Protesters Object to Display of Looted Objects at Israel’s Bible Lands Museum
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.
Seizure of Looted Antiquities Illuminates What Museums Want Hidden
Over 20,000 precious art objects were seized in a raid at dawn — what can this elucidate about beauty, theft, and the museum?
What Central Africa’s War on Poaching Can Teach Us About Fighting the Plunder of Antiquities
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.
Looters Kill Two Guards at Ancient Egyptian Necropolis
Two guards at the Dayr al-Barsha archaeological site in Middle Egypt were killed by looters during a foiled robbery this weekend.
Study Finds ISIS Militants Aren’t the Only Ones Looting Syrian Archaeological Sites
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 Does Not Deserve Our Sympathy
Marion True, former curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, made headlines recently by giving her first interview since 2007.