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Ill-Gotten Goods: Plundered Artefacts & the Illicit Antiquities Trade


If you’re a fan of the Tomb Raider video game series or love the Indiana Jones films, you could be forgiven for thinking that archaeologists spend their lives searching for mystical lost artefacts or exploring strange lands. After all, when was the last time you saw Lara Croft taking soil samples during a field survey or Indiana Jones … Continue reading »

Archaeology News – 15th to 21st April 2013


Africa : Black market trade of Egyptian artifacts thriving amid post-revolution chaos (Al Bawaba) KENYA: Experts dig evidences of World Heritage Site (World Footprints) Return of tomb raiders (ABC: Lateline) The Libyan desert: Natural and human heritage under threat (Libya Herald) Asia : Ancient Lord Shiva temple in neglected condition at Bandora (The Times of India) … Continue reading »

The Peruvian Connection: Federal Agents Bust Alleged Antiquities Smugglers Network In Utah


Reblogged from CHASING APHRODITE: Last week a federal grand jury indicted two Utah residents and two Peruvians in an alleged scheme to smuggle recently looted artifacts into the United States. The case started in the fall of 2012 when an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) bought 12 artifacts from 70-year … Continue reading »

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