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IS threatens to destroy world’s largest Buddhist temple ow.ly/AEp6y
The Islamic State isn’t just killing people. It’s destroying a culture ow.ly/AEb6a
Egyptian police foil antiquities smugglers at Damietta port ow.ly/ABr0l
Two German tourists in Greece caught smuggling amphora: Συνελήφθησαν στη Μήλο δύο Γερμανοί με ρωμαϊκό αμφορέα ow.ly/ApoGd
Finland: Nighthawkers hitting more archaeological sites ow.ly/AjTBq
China Demands that Japan Return the Plundered Honglujing Stele ow.ly/AgRra
16 incidents of antique thefts in last four years: Govt ow.ly/AgRp5
Looting destroys only evidence of possible Harappan crown and significant burial ow.ly/AbXKc
Egypt makes slow gains against antiquities thefts ow.ly/A9VTr
Greek police have had a series of busts recently, revealing a large amount of antiquities trafficking. Two suspects were arrested with a rare Neolithic woman figurine. Another suspect was arrested with two Hellenistic statues, one of the goddess Aphrodite and the other of a woman. Another suspect was a large scale looter that worked over a broad region. Over 2,000 ancient coins were confiscated together with 800 rare Neolithic artifacts including a figurine of a house and several ritual objects.
The Greek police continue to be at the forefront of preventing antiquities theft and are adding considerably to our knowledge of trafficking networks.
More news to follow soon.
Erbil (Iraq), the longest continually inhabited place on earth, is in a humanitarian and military crisis ow.ly/A9WPS