Lawsuit Dropped, Looted Antiquity To Be Returned From Met Museum To Lebanon

“A Colorado couple has dropped a federal lawsuit that sought to stop the Manhattan district attorney’s office from returning to the Republic of Lebanon an ancient marble bull’s head that prosecutors said had been looted during that country’s civil war. … The 2,300-year-old sculpture had been on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art until […]

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2,000-Year-Old Statue From Palmyra, Damaged By ISIS, Resurrected in Damascus

The Lion of al-Lāt, … which stretches 11 feet high and weighs 15 tons, was moved to Damascus after Syrian forces recaptured Palmyra in March 2016. Polish archaeologist [Bartosz] Markowski was able to restore the Lion of al-Lāt over the course of two months, and says approximately half of the resurrected statue is comprised of […]

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Supreme Court To Decide If US Terrorism Victims Can Have Antiquities From Iran Seized As Compensation

The plaintiffs were injured in a 1997 attack by Hamas in Jerusalem and received a federal court ruling that the government of Iran, as a funder of Hamas, was liable for their injuries. In 2003, plaintiffs won a $71 million default judgment against Iran (which refused to participate in the case), and they tried to […]

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