What's needed is a comprehensive international strategy to combat the illicit trade in antiquities.
Some of the artefacts found after disappearing from the National Museum of Iraq.
Looting of Iraq's national museum began on April 10, 2003. At least half of the artefacts taken remain missing and disturbingly, the illegal trade in stolen antiquities has grown in the years since.
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Looting of antiquities is a serious problem, but looters are not always just motivated by greed.
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Sales of antiquities legally excavated are just as ethically problematic as those likely looted.
Unpaid volunteers are negotiating with Islamic State and facing military attacks as they try to save Syria's ancient cities.
A depiction of the destruction.
Humam Alsalim and Rami Bakhos
Work is already underway to repair the damage to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, but we need to question if technology will take things too far.
Our past is under threat from "nighthawks" - illegal metal detectorists who go out at night to seek their fortune from protected ancient monuments. A Bristol archaeologist investigates.
In this January 2015 photograph, a man walks through the ruins of Old Aleppo, a designated World Heritage site.
Recently in Aleppo, Syria, the Jabha Shamiya militia has started carrying out a new urban warfare strategy: tunnel bombing. Aside from the human damage wrought by this tactic, it is also extremely damaging…
This Assyrian winged bull is safe in Chicago, if far from home. How much else is safe?
Iraq has a long and rich heritage, home for thousands of years to mighty empires – Assyria and Babylon, the Abbasid caliphate – that ruled the region once known as Mesopotamia, widely held as the cradle…