“Members of IS are definitely involved in sales,” says one scholar, “particularly now that the so-called state is rapidly unravelling.” However, there’s little independently verifiable evidence of the scale of the ISIS trade in stolen antiquities – not…Read more
“A group of major cultural institutions in the UK and Europe … is seeking a way to end decades of wrangling over the estimated 4,000 bronze and ivory artefacts looted by the British army from what is now southern Nigeria as part of a punitive expedition in 1897. Since the 1960s, Nigeria has repeatedly called […]Read more
“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 […]Read more
(Iraq; United States of America)
The Jerusalem Post, 4th Oct 2017.
Charles Schumer is asking the State Department not to return antiquities that are legally the property of IraqRead more
Sixth Tone, 3rd Oct 2017.
34 suspects in rounded up for antiquities looting related crimeRead more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
“Kiev insists the collection – valued at some $1.3 million (1.1 million euros) – was illegally spirited away into Russian-controlled territory as Moscow took over and then annexed the Crimea peninsula”Read more
Extensive proof offered that the Bull’s Head was stolen from Byblos, Lebanon.Read more