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FBI—Iraqi Antiquities Returned

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The looting of the Baghdad Museum in 2003 and the subsequent looting of archaeological sites throughout Iraq are among the greatest devastations to ever happen in archaeology. The looting, on a smaller scale, continues to this day, and the attack on the museum in 2003 deserves discussion of its own. Once looted, the sites are destroyed and lost forever, but law enforcement agencies across the globe are continuing, most of a decade later, to save anything possible of the literally tens of thousands of stolen pieces.The link below is one of the happy endings: both the return of the ancient artefacts to their home, and convictions for the perpetrators—a result even rarer than finding the looted objects themselves.

The FBI’s Art Theft division site is highly recommended for general information, updates on long-running investigations, and further resources for the interested.

Click here for the story.