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The Iraq War and Archaeology
- Francis Deblauwe gathers articles and information about the impact of the war on the archaeological remains in Iraq, including the losses from looting.
The Art Loss Register
- Operates a permanent international database of stolen and missing works of art, antiques and valuables, to assist law enforcement agencies in the battle against art theft.
Art Theft - Most Wanted Art
- Search for the world's most wanted art.
Britain Leads Illicit Trade in Rare Books
- The Guardian reports that Britain has become the centre for criminal traffick in ancient manuscripts and historic books.
CBC Indepth: Art Thefts
- Indepth examination of some of the world's most famous artworks that have been stolen, including audio and video links to reports.
Gang Caught with 200,000 Artefacts
- Giles Tremlett reports in the Guardian that Spanish police have captured 100 archaeological robbers in an operation that netted a vast haul of antiques up to 5,000 years old.
Looting Question Bibliography
- Hugh Jarvis lists Internet and published resources on the archaeological politics of private collecting, commercial treasure hunting, looting.
Price of Age
- An electronic dissertation on the illicit trade of antiquities by Andrew Cranwell.
Sources of Information on Antiquities Theft
- Librarian provides a bibliography and list of Internet resources on theft of antiquities.
- This Belgian initiative aims to assist the police in Belgium and elsewhere in the recovery and return of stolen antiques. Register stolen art pieces. Newsletters.
Your Brush With The Law
- Charles Vincent Sabba looks at some famous art crimes, forensic art and the art scene in New York.
BBC: Stolen Turner Paintings Found
- Two Turner paintings from the Tate galleries' collection, stolen while on display in Germany eight years ago, are found. (December 20, 2002)
NYTimes.com - Thwarting Art Thieves on a Budget
- Discusses problems of art theft during business hours and how museums and other facilities have responded. (May 29, 2002)
Swiss Recover 10,000 Stolen Antiquities
- Archaeology magazine feature article by Andrew Slayman on one of the largest recoveries of stolen art treasures. (September 01, 1998)
Art Theft from Cyprus to Munich
- Archaeology magazine feature article by Mark Rose on the looting of frescoes, mosaics and icons from churches in Northern Cyprus (April 20, 1998)
Stolen Stones: The Modern Sack of Nineveh
- Looting of Iraqi archaeological sites since the Gulf War. Illustrated feature by John M. Russell in Archaeology includes clickable map of the throne room suite. (December 30, 1996)
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