Region: West and Central Asia

U.S. tug of war over disputed relic from Lebanon

(United States of America; Lebanon)

AFP (2017). U.S. tug of war over disputed relic from Lebanon. The Daily Star. 4 August.

Aleppo's Old City can be rebuilt, UNESCO official says

(Syria)

Angus McDowall (2017). Aleppo's Old City can be rebuilt, UNESCO official says. Reuters. 3 August.

Back-to-Back Looting Scandals Hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

(United States of America; Lebanon; Italy)

Katherine McGrath (2017). Back-to-Back Looting Scandals Hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Architectural Digetst. 3 August.

Iraq eager to get back antiquities smuggled to US

(Iraq; United States of America)

Adnan Abu Zeed (2017). Iraq eager to get back antiquities smuggled to US. Al Monitor. 3 August.

The Artist Didn't Steal From Auschwitz, but Rather, From Other Artists

(Israel; Poland)

Shaul Setter (2017). The Artist Didn't Steal From Auschwitz, but Rather, From Other Artists. Haaretz. 2 August.

ISIS Destruction of Ancient Sites Hist Mostly Muslim Targets

(Iraq; Syria)

Kristin Romey (2017). ISIS Destruction of Ancient Sites Hist Mostly Muslim Targets. National Geographic. 2 August.

Met Museum Turns Over Another Relic With Disputed Past to Prosecutors

(United States of America; Lebanon)

Tom Mashberg (2017). Met Museum Turns Over Another Relic With Disputed Past to Prosecutors. The New York Times. 1 August.

Waqf officially forms committees to assess any Israeli damages on Al-Aqsa

(Israel; Palestine)

Ma'an News Agency (2017). Waqf officially forms committees to assess any Israeli damages on Al-Aqsa. Ma'an News Agency. 1 August.

Arrest of Jerusalem antiquities dealers opens a smuggling Pandora's Box

(Israel)

Amanda Borschel-Dan (2017). Arrest of Jerusalem antiquities dealers opens a smuggling Pandora's Box. The Times of Israel. 1 August.

Police arrest 5 in $20 million black market antiquities, tax fraud sting

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2017). Police arrest 5 in $20 million black market antiquities, tax fraud sting. The Jerusalem Post. 30 July.

Israel bans men under 50 from disputed Jerusalem holy site

(Palestine; Israel)

Reuters (2017). Israel bans men under 50 from disputed Jerusalem holy site. Cyprus Mail. 28 July.

Stolen £3.3m solid gold Queen Elizabeth II coin 'found melted down' after 'Lebanese mafia' arrests

(Germany; Lebanon)

Rachel Bishop (2017). Stolen £3.3m solid gold Queen Elizabeth II coin 'found melted down' after 'Lebanese mafia' arrests. The Mirror. 28 July.

After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques – and society

(Iraq)

Stephen Kalin (2017). After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques – and society. Reuters. 26 July.

Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site

(Palestine; Israel)

BBC News (2017). Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site. BBC News. 25 July.

Still no progress in restoring ancient Nimrud

(Iraq)

DW (2017). Still no progress in restoring ancient Nimrud. DW. 24 July.

Did an Israeli student steal Auschwitz artifacts for an art exhibit?

(Israel; Poland)

Samantha Schmidt (2017). Did an Israeli student steal Auschwitz artifacts for an art exhibit?. The Washington Post. 20 July.

Israeli College to Allow Auschwitz Exhibit After Assurances Artifacts Not Stolen

(Poland; Israel)

Naama Riba (2017). Israeli College to Allow Auschwitz Exhibit After Assurances Artifacts Not Stolen. Haaretz. 19 July.

Israeli student admits stealing items from Auschwitz for art project

(Poland; Israel)

Peter Beaumont (2017). Israeli student admits stealing items from Auschwitz for art project. The Guardian. 19 July.

Ancient Sebastapolis faces illegal excavations

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2017). Ancient Sebastapolis faces illegal excavations. Daily Sabah. 18 July.

Who Gets to Own Iraq's Religious Heritage?

(Iraq)

Sigal Samuel (2017). Who Gets to Own Iraq's Religious Heritage?. The Atlantic. 17 July.

British Museum helps return stolen artefact to Uzbekistan

(Uzbekistan)

Dalya Alberge (2017). British Museum helps return stolen artefact to Uzbekistan. The Guardian. 17 July.

Ancient Roman Amphitheater in Caesarea sold by Greek Orthodox church to mystery foreign buyer

(Israel)

The Times of Israel (2017). Ancient Roman Amphitheater in Caesarea sold by Greek Orthodox church to mystery foreign buyer. The Times of Israel. 17 July.

Palestinian caught trying to smuggle rare, ancient coins from Gaza

(Palestine; Israel; Egypt)

The Times of Israel (2017). Palestinian caught trying to smuggle rare, ancient coins from Gaza. The Times of Israel. 16 July.

Hands Off the Antiquities

(Syria)

Alex Joffe (2017). Hands Off the Antiquities. The America Interest. 15 July.

Palmyra artifacts recovered by Syrian Army

(Syria)

Leith Fadel (2017). Palmyra artifacts recovered by Syrian Army. AMN News. 14 July.

Dispelling the Myths Around the Hobby Lobby Antiquities Case

(United States of America; Iraq; United Arab Emirates; Israel)

Michael Press (2017). Dispelling the Myths Around the Hobby Lobby Antiquities Case. Hyperallergic. 14 July.

Why the Feds Were Smart Not to Throw the Book at Hobby Lobby for Buying Iraqi Loot

(United States of America; Iraq; Israel; United Arab Emirates)

Leila Amineddoleh (2017). Why the Feds Were Smart Not to Throw the Book at Hobby Lobby for Buying Iraqi Loot. ArtNet News. 12 July.

Hobby Lobby exposes UAE-Israel antiquities trade

(United States of America; Iraq; Israel; United Arab Emirates)

Creede Newton (2017). Hobby Lobby exposes UAE-Israel antiquities trade. Al Jazeera. 12 July.

Hobby Lobby emboldens a black market that robs countries of their heritage — and lets the violent profit

(United States of America; Iraq; Israel; United Arab Emirates)

The Washington Post (2017). Hobby Lobby emboldens a black market that robs countries of their heritage — and lets the violent profit. The Washington Post. 9 July.

'Harder slap than usual': Punishment for importing stolen artifacts isn't severe enough, experts say

(United States of America; Iraq)

Steven D'Souza (2017). 'Harder slap than usual': Punishment for importing stolen artifacts isn't severe enough, experts say. CBC. 9 July.

The Scandal Over Hobby Lobby's Purchase of 5,500 Smuggled Artifacts, Explained

(United States of America; Iraq)

Isaac Kaplan (2017). The Scandal Over Hobby Lobby's Purchase of 5,500 Smuggled Artifacts, Explained. Artsy. 7 July.

Minister calls Ohio university to return missing artifacts

(Turkey; United States of America)

Daily Sabah (2017). Minister calls Ohio university to return missing artifacts. Daily Sabah. 7 July.

Hobby Lobby's $3 million smuggling case casts a cloud over the Museum of the Bible

(United States of America; Iraq)

Julie Zauzmer, Sarah Pulliam Bailey (2017). Hobby Lobby's $3 million smuggling case casts a cloud over the Museum of the Bible. The Washington Post. 6 July.

Hobby Lobby Busted for Illegally Importing Thousands of Iraqi Antiquities

(United States of America; Iraq)

Claire Voon (2017). Hobby Lobby Busted for Illegally Importing Thousands of Iraqi Antiquities. Hyperallergic. 6 July.

Hobby Lobby ignored 'red flags' about stolen Iraqi artifacts

(United States of America; Iraq)

Sarah Birnbaum (2017). Hobby Lobby ignored 'red flags' about stolen Iraqi artifacts. PRI. 6 July.

Hobby Lobby's Black-Market Buys Did Real Damage

(United States of America; Iraq)

Candida Moss, Joel Baden (2017). Hobby Lobby's Black-Market Buys Did Real Damage. The New York Times. 6 July.

Hobby Lobby Agrees to Forfeit 5,500 Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq

(United States of America; Iraq)

Alan Feuer (2017). Hobby Lobby Agrees to Forfeit 5,500 Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq. The New York Times. 5 July.

Digitally Reconstructing The Faces Of Ancient Palmyra

(Syria)

Sarah Bond (2017). Digitally Reconstructing The Faces Of Ancient Palmyra. Forbes. 5 July.

Iraq accelerates work on its virtual national museum

(Iraq)

Adnan Abu Zeed (2017). Iraq accelerates work on its virtual national museum. Al Monitor. 2 July.

Syrian authorities seize four funeral busts in ISIS former centers in Palmyra

(Syria)

SANA (2017). Syrian authorities seize four funeral busts in ISIS former centers in Palmyra. ABNA. 1 July.

Protesters target Dutch firm involved in removal of 550-year-old tomb from ancient town of Hasankeyf

(Turkey; Netherlands)

Tim Cornwall (2017). Protesters target Dutch firm involved in removal of 550-year-old tomb from ancient town of Hasankeyf. The Art Newspaper. 30 June.

Destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque holds a heritage lesson for Australia

(Australia; Iraq)

Dale Stephens, Tara Gutman (2017). Destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque holds a heritage lesson for Australia. The Guardian. 29 June.

Illicit antiquities trade threatening cultural heritage

(General)

Stephen Quillen (2017). Illicit antiquities trade threatening cultural heritage. Middle East Online. 28 June.

Supreme Court Takes Up Dispute Over Iran Antiquities in Terror Case

(Iran; United States of America)

Pete Williams (2017). Supreme Court Takes Up Dispute Over Iran Antiquities in Terror Case. NBC. 27 June.

The many headless Buddha

(Afghanistan)

Emran Feroz (2017). The many headless Buddha. Qantera. 26 June.

Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

(Iraq)

BBC News (2017). Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque. BBC News. 22 June.

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated'

(Iraq)

BBC News (2017). Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated'. BBC News. 22 June.

Smugglers caught with 2,500-year-old artifacts from Turkey's Knidos

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Smugglers caught with 2,500-year-old artifacts from Turkey's Knidos. Daily Sabah. 22 June.

Turkish Hercules on display in Geneva

(Turkey; Switzerland)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Turkish Hercules on display in Geneva. Hurriyet Daily News. 21 June.

Nader Shah's sword stolen from Russian museum

(Iran; Russia)

Tehran Times (2017). Nader Shah's sword stolen from Russian museum. Tehran Times. 14 June.

Imaging helps to spot fake ancient daggers

(General)

Springer (2017). Imaging helps to spot fake ancient daggers. Science Daily. 12 June.

Israel Nabs 'Antiquities Pirates' at Archaeological Site

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2017). Israel Nabs 'Antiquities Pirates' at Archaeological Site. The Jerusalem Post. 12 June.

ICOM to draw up Iranian antiquities 'red list'

(Iran)

Tehran Times (2017). ICOM to draw up Iranian antiquities 'red list'. Tehran Times. 10 June.

6th-century priest sculpture stolen from museum in southwestern Turkey

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2017). 6th-century priest sculpture stolen from museum in southwestern Turkey. Daily Sabah. 8 June.

Ancient artifacts from Mosul Museum found in IS home

(Iraq)

G. H. Renaud (2017). Ancient artifacts from Mosul Museum found in IS home. K24. 6 June.

ISIS militants battered Syria's ancient Palmyra, but signs of splendor still stand

(Syria)

Patrick J. McDonnell (2017). ISIS militants battered Syria's ancient Palmyra, but signs of splendor still stand. Los Angeles Times. 2 June.

Prominent Art Family Entangled in ISIS Antiquities-Looting Investigations

(Switzerland; Syria; Lebanon; Belgium; France; United States of America)

Benoit Foucon (2017). Prominent Art Family Entangled in ISIS Antiquities-Looting Investigations. The Wall Street Journal. 31 May.

Bulgaria recovers over 5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling op with Turkey, France

(Bulgaria; France; Turkey)

AFP (2017). Bulgaria recovers over 5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling op with Turkey, France. Daily Sabah. 26 May.

Ancient tomb seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2017). Ancient tomb seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 26 May.

UAE's federal council passes antiquities draft law

(United Arab Emirates)

Samir Salama (2017). UAE's federal council passes antiquities draft law. Zawya. 24 May.

A Digital Database for Threatened Archaeological Sites in the Middle East and North Africa

(General)

Claire Voon (2017). A Digital Database for Threatened Archaeological Sites in the Middle East and North Africa. Hyperallergic. 24 May.

National Museum to help Syria restore ancient artefacts

(Syria; Czech Republic)

Prague Daily Monitor (2017). National Museum to help Syria restore ancient artefacts. Prague Daily Monitor. 16 May.

Police recover stolen ancient coins, lamps, other antiquities near Hebron

(Palestine)

Jacob Magid (2017). Police recover stolen ancient coins, lamps, other antiquities near Hebron. The Times of Israel. 12 May.

Ancient stele turns out to be fake

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Ancient stele turns out to be fake. Hurriyet Daily News. 11 May.

How Jews and Arabs Collaborate on Antiquities Theft in the West Bank

(Palestine; Israel)

Yotam Berger (2017). How Jews and Arabs Collaborate on Antiquities Theft in the West Bank. Haaretz. 5 May.

Carpet stolen by Armenians from Karabakh, taken to US to be exhibited in Baku

(Azerbaijan; Armenia; United States of America)

News.Az (2017). Carpet stolen by Armenians from Karabakh, taken to US to be exhibited in Baku. News.Az. 5 May.

At least 89 stolen artifacts returned to Syria: director

(Syria)

Leith Fadel (2017). At least 89 stolen artifacts returned to Syria: director. AMN News. 4 May.

Damascus Museum shows ancient treasures rescued from war

(Syria)

NRT (2017). Damascus Museum shows ancient treasures rescued from war. NRT. 4 May.

Official launch of public database of 'at risk' archaeological sites

(General)

Phys.org (2017). Official launch of public database of 'at risk' archaeological sites. Phys.org. 1 May.

Hatra: IS damage to ancient Iraqi city less than feared

(Iraq)

BBC News (2017). Hatra: IS damage to ancient Iraqi city less than feared. BBC News. 1 May.

Ancient mummies rot as Yemen war vexes even the dead

(Yemen)

Noah Browning (2017). Ancient mummies rot as Yemen war vexes even the dead. Reuters. 1 May.

Smuggled Anatolian idol sold in US

(Turkey; United States of America)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Smuggled Anatolian idol sold in US. Hurriyet Daily News. 30 April.

Turkey seeks return of 5,000-year-old marble figure

(Turkey; United States of America)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Turkey seeks return of 5,000-year-old marble figure. Hurriyet Daily News. 29 April.

Illegal excavations stir reaction in Myndos

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2017). Illegal excavations stir reaction in Myndos. Hurriyet Daily News. 29 April.

Surprenantes fragrances romaines au BIEL...

(Lebanon)

Surprising Roman fragrances at Biel...

May Makarem (2017). Surprenantes fragrances romaines au BIEL.... L'Orient Le Jour. 28 April.

Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria

(Palestine; Israel)

Ido Ben Porat (2017). Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria. Arutz Sheva. 25 April.

Smuggled Torah, artifacts seized in Turkey's northwest

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2017). Smuggled Torah, artifacts seized in Turkey's northwest. Hurriyet Daily News. 25 April.

Initiative to return missing pieces from "Gypsy Girl" mosaic in Turkey's Gaziantep

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Initiative to return missing pieces from "Gypsy Girl" mosaic in Turkey's Gaziantep. Daily Sabah. 20 April.

Goldplated ancient Torah seized by Turkish security forces in antismuggling drive

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Goldplated ancient Torah seized by Turkish security forces in antismuggling drive. Daily Sabah. 17 April.

Tehran Gallerists Charged with Trying to Overthrow Iranian Government

(Iran)

Benjamin Sutton (2017). Tehran Gallerists Charged with Trying to Overthrow Iranian Government. Hyperallergic. 13 April.

Jewish family renews fight for Passover manuscript

(Israel)

Daniel Estrin (2017). Jewish family renews fight for Passover manuscript. The China Post. 12 April.

Humanity's heritage under threat from treasure hunters

(Turkey)

Ahmet Günhan (2017). Humanity's heritage under threat from treasure hunters. Daily Sabah. 10 April.

Surprising twists in story behind return of artwork stolen by Nazis

(Israel; United States of America)

Aron Heller (2017). Surprising twists in story behind return of artwork stolen by Nazis. Seattle Times. 7 April.

How Palestine is working to stop antiquities theft

(Palestine)

Aziza Nofal (2017). How Palestine is working to stop antiquities theft. Al Monitor. 6 April.

Turkish gendarmerie confiscate smuggled Picasso painting in Erzurum

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Turkish gendarmerie confiscate smuggled Picasso painting in Erzurum. Daily Sabah. 6 April.

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Sold In The US: Products Of Sophisticated Archeological Forgeries

(Israel; United States of America)

Regin Olimberio (2017). Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Sold In The US: Products Of Sophisticated Archeological Forgeries. The Science Times. 4 April.

28 New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Sold in US

(Israel; United States of America)

Owen Jarus (2017). 28 New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Sold in US. Live Science. 4 April.

Professor uses satellites to study damage to Iraq, Syria ruins

(Syria; United States of America)

Gabrielle Russon (2017). Professor uses satellites to study damage to Iraq, Syria ruins. Phys.org. 4 April.

Culture on the frontline: Penn Museum shows artefacts curators are fighting to save in Syria and Iraq

(Syria; United States of America)

Julia Halperin (2017). Culture on the frontline: Penn Museum shows artefacts curators are fighting to save in Syria and Iraq. The Art Newspaper. 3 April.

Calls for support as destroyed Mosul Museum seeks to rebuild

(Iraq)

Adnan Abu Zeed (2017). Calls for support as destroyed Mosul Museum seeks to rebuild. Al Monitor. 30 March.

Israel Arrests Temple Mount Officials After Assault on Archaeologists

(Israel)

Nir Hasson (2017). Israel Arrests Temple Mount Officials After Assault on Archaeologists. Haaretz. 29 March.

Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey

(Turkey; Switzerland)

Jamey Keaten (2017). Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey. The Tribune. 28 March.

3 arrested for selling ancient artifacts in Istanbul

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). 3 arrested for selling ancient artifacts in Istanbul. Daily Sabah. 27 March.

Ancient sarcophagus to be returned to Turkey nearly 60 years after it was stolen

(Turkey; Switzerland)

Daily Sabah (2017). Ancient sarcophagus to be returned to Turkey nearly 60 years after it was stolen. Daily Sabah. 24 March.

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

(Turkey)

Perwana Nazif (2017). Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack. ArtNet News. 24 March.

Red list of Iraqi artifacts available in Turkish

(Iraq; Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Red list of Iraqi artifacts available in Turkish. Hurriyet Daily News. 23 March.

150 historic Palestinian coins seized in Cairo airport

(Egypt; Palestine; Israel)

Middle East Monitor (2017). 150 historic Palestinian coins seized in Cairo airport. Middle East Monitor. 22 March.

6,000-year-old relic handed to Saudi government

(Saudi Arabia)

Arab News (2017). 6,000-year-old relic handed to Saudi government. Arab News. 21 March.

Replica of artefact destroyed by ISIS announced as London's next Fourth Plinth installation

(United Kingdom; Iraq)

Alice Morby (2017). Replica of artefact destroyed by ISIS announced as London's next Fourth Plinth installation. Dezeen. 21 March.

$100M in ancient artifacts shipped from Egypt and Turkey to the U.S. in 2016

(United States of America; Egypt; Turkey)

Owen Jarus (2017). $100M in ancient artifacts shipped from Egypt and Turkey to the U.S. in 2016. CBS. 21 March.

Saving Syria's heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution

(Syria)

Frank Gardner (2017). Saving Syria's heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution. BBC News. 21 March.

UAE pledges $15m to protect heritage sites in conflict areas

(United Arab Emirates)

The Gulf Today (2017). UAE pledges $15m to protect heritage sites in conflict areas. The Gulf Today. 20 March.

Donors urged to guard heritage threatened by war, extremism

(France; Syria; Iraq)

Associated Press (2017). Donors urged to guard heritage threatened by war, extremism. The Daily Mail. 20 March.

Law of Return

(Israel)

Jonathan Kandell (2017). Law of Return. Art & Antiques. 17 March.

Art Trafficking

(Syria; Iraq)

Tania Rakhmanova (2017). Art Trafficking. Al Jazeera. 17 March.

Christie's Dubai Yanks Iraqi Painting From Sale Over Smuggling Allegations

(United Arab Emirates; Iraq)

Eileen Kinsella (2017). Christie's Dubai Yanks Iraqi Painting From Sale Over Smuggling Allegations. ArtNet News. 17 March.

Diving Robbers Are Looting Underwater Treasures, Archaeologists Wail

(Israel)

Philippe Bohstrom (2017). Diving Robbers Are Looting Underwater Treasures, Archaeologists Wail. Haaretz. 15 March.

Nueve obras de arte confiscadas de Siria, Yemen y Libia se exponen en Suiza

(Switzerland; Syria; Yemen; Libya)

Nine artworks from Syria, Yemen, and Libya exhibited in Switzerland

EFE (2017). Nueve obras de arte confiscadas de Siria, Yemen y Libia se exponen en Suiza. El Diario. 14 March.

Scars of looting, destruction all that remain at Mosul museum

(Iraq)

Kawa Omar (2017). Scars of looting, destruction all that remain at Mosul museum. Reuters. 11 March.

A Shelter for Art Caught in the Crossfire

(France; Syria)

Claudia Barbieri (2017). A Shelter for Art Caught in the Crossfire. The New York Times. 11 March.

A Painting and News Report Land a Turkish Artist in Prison

(Turkey)

Seph Rodney (2017). A Painting and News Report Land a Turkish Artist in Prison. Hyperallergic. 9 March.

Antiquities agency chief says Jordan Codices fake

(Jordan)

The Jordan Times (2017). Antiquities agency chief says Jordan Codices fake. The Jordan Times. 9 March.

Ancient book stolen in Syria seized in Turkey

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Ancient book stolen in Syria seized in Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 March.

As Dubai's Skyline Adds a Trophy, the Architect Calls It Stolen

(United Arab Emirates)

Peter S. Goodman (2017). As Dubai's Skyline Adds a Trophy, the Architect Calls It Stolen. The New York Times. 8 March.

Photos reveal ISIL's destruction to antiquities museum in Mosul

(Iraq)

Associated Press (2017). Photos reveal ISIL's destruction to antiquities museum in Mosul. The National. 8 March.

Antiquities theft from second temple period prevented in central Israel

(Israel; Palestine)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2017). Antiquities theft from second temple period prevented in central Israel. The Jerusalem Post. 6 March.

Old fisherman still homesick

(Turkey; Germany)

Ozgen Acar (2017). Old fisherman still homesick. Hurriyet Daily News. 4 March.

Less damage to ancient Palmyra than feared, Syrian antiquities chief says

(Syria)

Reuters (2017). Less damage to ancient Palmyra than feared, Syrian antiquities chief says. Reuters. 3 March.

Palmyra: Syrian forces 'completely retake' IS-held town

(Syria)

BBC News (2017). Palmyra: Syrian forces 'completely retake' IS-held town. BBC News. 2 March.

Jordan demands Israel halts works at Jerusalem's Umayyad Palaces

(Jordan)

The Jordan Times (2017). Jordan demands Israel halts works at Jerusalem's Umayyad Palaces. The Jordan Times. 1 March.

Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

(Iraq)

Josie Ensor (2017). Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul. The Telegraph. 28 February.

Archaeologist: Kuwait keen to safeguard relics

(Kuwait)

Khaled Al-Jabbar (2017). Archaeologist: Kuwait keen to safeguard relics. KUNA. 27 February.

In Mosul, a long-term battle to repair Iraq's heritage

(Iraq)

AFP (2017). In Mosul, a long-term battle to repair Iraq's heritage. The Jordan Times. 26 February.

Azerbaijan to appeal to UNESCO over illegal archaeological activity in occupied lands

(Azerbaijan; Armenia)

APA (2017). Azerbaijan to appeal to UNESCO over illegal archaeological activity in occupied lands. APA. 24 February.

Turkish Publisher Shuts Down Magazine for Printing Moses Cartoon

(Turkey)

Jillian Steinhauer (2017). Turkish Publisher Shuts Down Magazine for Printing Moses Cartoon. Hyperallergic. 23 February.

Iraq hopes to reclaim heritage lost to Islamic State group

(Iraq)

Associated Press (2017). Iraq hopes to reclaim heritage lost to Islamic State group. The Daily Mail. 23 February.

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS

(Iraq; Syria)

Matteo Fagotto (2017). The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS. The Atlantic. 23 February.

Minister offers Turkish mayor elephants for ancient Hebrew inscription

(Israel; Turkey)

Ilan Ben Zion (2017). Minister offers Turkish mayor elephants for ancient Hebrew inscription. The Times of Israel. 23 February.

Priceless 18th century icon seized in car trunk in Turkey's Adana

(Turkey; Syria)

Fatih Karacali (2017). Priceless 18th century icon seized in car trunk in Turkey's Adana. Hurriyet Daily News. 22 February.

An Artful Robbery

(General)

Yvonne Dewerne (2017). An Artful Robbery. Harpers Bazaar. 21 February.

Looted Iraqi Art, Since Recovered, Will Be Shown at the Venice Biennale

(Iraq; Italy)

Christopher D. Shea (2017). Looted Iraqi Art, Since Recovered, Will Be Shown at the Venice Biennale. The New York Times. 20 February.

Family catches antiquity thief in the act

(Israel)

Arutz Sheva (2017). Family catches antiquity thief in the act. Arutz Sheva. 20 February.

Palestinian nabbed at crossing with sack of ancient coins

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Ilan Ben Zion (2017). Palestinian nabbed at crossing with sack of ancient coins. The Times of Israel. 20 February.

Ancient artefacts leave Iraq for the 57th Venice Biennale

(Iraq; Italy)

Colin Randall (2017). Ancient artefacts leave Iraq for the 57th Venice Biennale. The National. 20 February.

Israeli authorities foil ancient Roman coin smuggling attempt

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Ido Ben Porat (2017). Israeli authorities foil ancient Roman coin smuggling attempt. Arutz Sheva. 20 February.

The Islamic State's 'business model' is failing, study says

(Syria; Iraq)

Rick Noack (2017). The Islamic State's 'business model' is failing, study says. The Washington Post. 17 February.

In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

(Palestine; Israel)

WKNO (2017). In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage. WKNO. 16 February.

The Ancient Syrian City ISIS Is Destroying, Preserved Online

(Syria)

Jason Farago (2017). The Ancient Syrian City ISIS Is Destroying, Preserved Online. The New York Times. 15 February.

New Dead Sea Scrolls Find May Help Detect Forgeries

(Israel)

Michelle Z. Donahue (2017). New Dead Sea Scrolls Find May Help Detect Forgeries. National Geographic. 14 February.

Stolen artifacts from Turkey found in Germany

(Turkey; Germany)

Ömer Erbil (2017). Stolen artifacts from Turkey found in Germany. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 February.

South Korea ex-culture minister charged over artist blacklist

(South Korea)

AFP (2017). South Korea ex-culture minister charged over artist blacklist. Art Daily. 11 February.

Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul's Cultural Heritage

(Iraq)

Katharyn Hanson (2017). Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul's Cultural Heritage. Smithsonian. 9 February.

Urartu-era antiquities found in a truck in Hungary

(Hungary; Turkey; Armenia; Lithuania)

PanArmenian (2017). Urartu-era antiquities found in a truck in Hungary. PanArmenian. 9 February.

New Dead Sea Scrolls cave filled with ancient artefacts discovered for first time in 60 years

(Israel)

Bethan McKernan (2017). New Dead Sea Scrolls cave filled with ancient artefacts discovered for first time in 60 years. The Independent. 9 February.

5 detained in Turkey for attempting to sell painting claimed to be Picasso's work

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). 5 detained in Turkey for attempting to sell painting claimed to be Picasso's work. Daily Sabah. 9 February.

Iran displays ancient Persian artifacts returned from the US

(Iran; United States of America)

Amir Vahdat (2017). Iran displays ancient Persian artifacts returned from the US. Phys.org. 8 February.

Police seize 1 billion liras worth of Hellenistic jewelry in western Turkey

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2017). Police seize 1 billion liras worth of Hellenistic jewelry in western Turkey. Daily Sabah. 7 February.

Antiquities robber caught red-handed in a Byzantine site

(Israel; Palestine)

Elisha Ben Kimon (2017). Antiquities robber caught red-handed in a Byzantine site. Ynet News. 7 February.

Najaf Police confiscates 35 artifacts hidden inside vehicle

(Iraq)

Loaa Adel (2017). Najaf Police confiscates 35 artifacts hidden inside vehicle. Iraqi News. 5 February.

Stacks of Stolen Historic Artifacts Seized in Acre

(Israel)

David Israel (2017). Stacks of Stolen Historic Artifacts Seized in Acre. The Jewish Press. 30 January.

Israeli paintings stolen in Brazil

(Brazil; Israel)

Arutz Sheva (2017). Israeli paintings stolen in Brazil. Arutz Sheva. 26 January.

Ancient Assyrian artefacts discovered in raid on Islamic State safe house in Mosul

(Iraq)

ABC Australia (2017). Ancient Assyrian artefacts discovered in raid on Islamic State safe house in Mosul. ABC Australia. 26 January.

Looted Syrian antiquities for sale in Denmark: police

(Denmark; Syria)

The Local (2017). Looted Syrian antiquities for sale in Denmark: police. The Local. 24 January.

Terror fear hits Troy

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Terror fear hits Troy. Hurriyet Daily News. 24 January.

Smugglers captured trying to sell ancient artifacts

(Turkey)

Ihlas News Agency (2017). Smugglers captured trying to sell ancient artifacts. Daily Sabah. 23 January.

A no-strike list may shield Yemen's ancient treasures from war

(Yemen)

Aisling Irwin (2017). A no-strike list may shield Yemen's ancient treasures from war. New Scientist. 23 January.

Europol: Nearly 250 arrests in Operation Bosphorus against smuggling of Turkish pistols via Bulgaria

(Bulgaria; Turkey)

The Sofia Globe (2017). Europol: Nearly 250 arrests in Operation Bosphorus against smuggling of Turkish pistols via Bulgaria. The Sofia Globe. 23 January.

The strange case of the ancient Assyrian curse and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

(Syria; United Kingdom; Switzerland; Lebanon)

Patrick Sawer (2017). The strange case of the ancient Assyrian curse and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. The Telegraph. 21 January.

ISIS Destroys Ancient Theater, Tetrapylon In Palmyra, Syria Says

(Syria)

Camila Domonoske (2017). ISIS Destroys Ancient Theater, Tetrapylon In Palmyra, Syria Says. NPR. 20 January.

Caught red-handed: 11 grave robbers arrested at northern ruins

(Israel)

Arutz Sheva (2017). Caught red-handed: 11 grave robbers arrested at northern ruins. Arutz Sheva. 19 January.

Syria: Islamic State group 'kills 12' in Palmyra

(Syria)

BBC News (2017). Syria: Islamic State group 'kills 12' in Palmyra. BBC News. 19 January.

British woman returns 4,500 year-old Yortan jug to Turkey

(Turkey; United Kingdom)

Nurbanu Kizil (2017). British woman returns 4,500 year-old Yortan jug to Turkey. Daily Sabah. 19 January.

Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation

(Palestine)

Ori Lewis (2017). Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation. Reuters. 18 January.

Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by IS

(Iraq)

Dawn (2017). Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by IS. Dawn. 17 January.

Lebanon first to return looted Syria artifacts

(Lebanon; Syria)

Federica Marsi (2017). Lebanon first to return looted Syria artifacts. The Daily Star. 16 January.

Official laments smuggling of invaluable Shia manuscripts

(Iran)

Mehr News Agency (2017). Official laments smuggling of invaluable Shia manuscripts. Mehr News Agency. 12 January.

Karak Castle reopens its gates after December attack

(Jordan)

The Jordan Times (2017). Karak Castle reopens its gates after December attack. The Jordan Times. 5 January.

In focus: Tehran museum puts on show newly recuperated relics

(Iran; Italy)

Tehran Times (2017). In focus: Tehran museum puts on show newly recuperated relics. Tehran Times. 4 January.

Restitution of Persepolis Collection Expected

(Iran; United States of America)

Financial Tribute (2017). Restitution of Persepolis Collection Expected. Financial Tribute. 4 January.

Syria monuments damage 'akin to looting Welsh castles'

(Syria)

BBC News (2017). Syria monuments damage 'akin to looting Welsh castles'. BBC News. 3 January.

Turning Iraq history to rubble, leaving mess to looters

(Iraq)

Lori Hinnant (2016). Turning Iraq history to rubble, leaving mess to looters. The Detroit News. 31 December.

After Islamic State institutionalized looting in Syria, the market for fake antiquities is booming

(Syria)

Nibih Bulous (2016). After Islamic State institutionalized looting in Syria, the market for fake antiquities is booming. Los Angeles Times. 31 December.

Egypt retrieves 340 smuggled artifacts from Jordan

(Egypt; Jordan)

Egypt Independent (2016). Egypt retrieves 340 smuggled artifacts from Jordan. Egypt Independent. 26 December.

Iraq seizes manuscript worth millions stolen in Kuwait

(Iraq; Kuwait)

Gulf News (2016). Iraq seizes manuscript worth millions stolen in Kuwait. Kuwait News Agency. 23 December.

New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Found in Judean Desert

(Israel)

Philippe Bohstrom (2016). New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Found in Judean Desert. Haaretz. 21 December.

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery

(Turkey; Russia)

Shaun Walker (2016). Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery. The Guardian. 20 December.

Hundreds of Historic Texts Hidden in ISIS-Occupied Monastery

(Iraq)

Owen Jarus (2016). Hundreds of Historic Texts Hidden in ISIS-Occupied Monastery. Live Science. 16 December.

Egypt antiquities ministry receives two stolen Islamic-era lamps from UAE

(Egypt; United Arab Emirates)

Nevine El-Aref (2016). Egypt antiquities ministry receives two stolen Islamic-era lamps from UAE. Ahram Online. 15 December.

U.S. sues to recover ancient Syrian artifacts looted by Islamic State

(Syria; United States of America)

Yeganeh Torbati (2016). U.S. sues to recover ancient Syrian artifacts looted by Islamic State. Reuters. 15 December.

UNESCO Director General sends rapid assessment mission to the Nimrud archaeological site in Iraq

(Iraq)

UNESCO (2016). UNESCO Director General sends rapid assessment mission to the Nimrud archaeological site in Iraq. UNESCO. 14 December.

Three looters busted plundering ancient tomb in Galilee

(Israel)

Ilan Ben Zion (2016). Three looters busted plundering ancient tomb in Galilee. The Times of Israel. 14 December.

UN seeks protection for ancient Nimrud site wrecked by IS

(Iraq)

Lori Hinnant (2016). UN seeks protection for ancient Nimrud site wrecked by IS. The Republic. 14 December.

Palmyra: IS retakes ancient Syrian city

(Syria)

BBC News (2016). Palmyra: IS retakes ancient Syrian city. BBC News. 11 December.

Iraqis Mourn Destruction of Ancient City of Nimrud: ISIS 'Tried to Destroy the Identity of Iraq'

(Iraq)

Lucy Kafanov (2016). Iraqis Mourn Destruction of Ancient City of Nimrud: ISIS 'Tried to Destroy the Identity of Iraq'. NBC. 11 December.

Jordan lead codices not modern forgeries

(Jordan)

University of Surrey (2016). Jordan lead codices not modern forgeries. Heritage Daily. 9 December.

How the antiquities black market thrives on Syria: 'We have the collapse of state institutions and the society holding them all together'

(Syria)

Syria Direct (2016). How the antiquities black market thrives on Syria: 'We have the collapse of state institutions and the society holding them all together'. Syria Direct. 8 December.

Artifact trafficking and the battle to stop it: 'It's open season'

(Syria)

Rami al-Khattib (2016). Artifact trafficking and the battle to stop it: 'It's open season'. Syria Direct. 8 December.

The UAE can become a safe haven for antiquities

(United Arab Emirates)

Peter Hellyer (2016). The UAE can become a safe haven for antiquities. The National. 5 December.

Nations set to approve heritage protection fund

(United Arab Emirates)

AFP (2016). Nations set to approve heritage protection fund. The Daily Mail. 3 December.

Swiss seize 9 relics allegedly stolen from Libya, Palmyra

(Switzerland; Libya; Syria)

Associated Press (2016). Swiss seize 9 relics allegedly stolen from Libya, Palmyra. The Daily Mail. 2 December.

Five Nobel winners urge action to protect heritage sites

(United Arab Emirates)

AFP (2016). Five Nobel winners urge action to protect heritage sites. The Economic Times. 2 December.

UAE hosts global push to save antiquities from conflict

(United Arab Emirates)

BBC News (2016). UAE hosts global push to save antiquities from conflict. BBC News. 2 December.

Protecting culture vital for identity and peace,' says head of Unesco

(United Arab Emirates)

Naser Al Wasmi (2016). Protecting culture vital for identity and peace,' says head of Unesco. The National. 1 December.

Does Aleppo prove that we westerners should keep the world's antiquities?

(Syria)

Robert Fisk (2016). Does Aleppo prove that we westerners should keep the world's antiquities?. The Independent. 1 December.

How ISIL destroyed Nimrud

(Iraq)

John Beck (2016). How ISIL destroyed Nimrud. Al Jazeera. 1 December.

Debate over whether Afghanistan's Buddhas should be reconstructed

(Afghanistan)

Sky News (2016). Debate over whether Afghanistan's Buddhas should be reconstructed. Sky News. 30 November.

Dozens of rare Islamic books seized at Cairo Airport on way to Doha authentic

(Egypt; United Arab Emirates)

Nevine El-Aref (2016). Dozens of rare Islamic books seized at Cairo Airport on way to Doha authentic. Ahram Online. 30 November.

Signs Of Hope: Ancient Relics Found In Monastery Destroyed By ISIS

(Syria)

Carey Lodge (2016). Signs Of Hope: Ancient Relics Found In Monastery Destroyed By ISIS. Christian Today. 29 November.

Six men jailed over Dh40,000 theft from villa

(United Arab Emirates)

Bassam Za'za' (2016). Six men jailed over Dh40,000 theft from villa. Gulf News. 28 November.

Who deserves millions in art seized from Marcoses?

(Philippines)

Associated Press (2016). Who deserves millions in art seized from Marcoses?. Inquirer. 28 November.

Iran Cancels Long-Awaited Exhibition of Shah Collection in Berlin

(Iran; Germany)

Caroline Elbaor (2016). Iran Cancels Long-Awaited Exhibition of Shah Collection in Berlin. ArtNet News. 28 November.

Piecing back together an Iraqi archaeological gem blown sky-high by Isis

(Iraq)

Martin Chulov (2016). Piecing back together an Iraqi archaeological gem blown sky-high by Isis. The Guardian. 24 November.

Court: Names of Israeli Archaeologists Digging in West Bank Can Stay Secret

(Israel)

Nir Hasson (2016). Court: Names of Israeli Archaeologists Digging in West Bank Can Stay Secret. Haaretz. 22 November.

UAE and France to announce new partnership on safeguarding endangered cultural heritage

(United Arab Emirates; France)

MENAFM (2016). UAE and France to announce new partnership on safeguarding endangered cultural heritage. MENAFN. 16 November.

Nimrud: Photos show IS destruction of ancient Iraqi city

(Iraq)

BBC News (2016). Nimrud: Photos show IS destruction of ancient Iraqi city. BBC News. 15 November.

Drones fly over ancient Nimrud to help secure Assyrian ruins

(Iraq)

Ahmed Rasheed (2016). Drones fly over ancient Nimrud to help secure Assyrian ruins. Reuters. 14 November.

Iraqi forces take Nimrud from IS: why are its artefacts so significant?

(Iraq)

SBS (2016). Iraqi forces take Nimrud from IS: why are its artefacts so significant?. SBS. 14 November.

Arson in the Kidron Valley Damages Architectural Jewels

(Israel)

Ilana Messika (2016). Arson in the Kidron Valley Damages Architectural Jewels. The Jewish Press. 13 November.

How NGOs are helping preserve Syria's heritage

(Syria)

Florence Massena (2016). How NGOs are helping preserve Syria's heritage. Al-Monitor. 13 November.

Nimrud: Iraqi forces 'retake ancient city from IS'

(Iraq)

BBC News (2016). Nimrud: Iraqi forces 'retake ancient city from IS'. BBC News. 13 November.

'We've hidden our treasures from Isil, only a handful know the secret location', says Syria's antiquities chief

(Syria)

Josie Ensor (2016). 'We've hidden our treasures from Isil, only a handful know the secret location', says Syria's antiquities chief. The Telegraph. 12 November.

Italy returns scores of smuggled artifacts to Iran

(Iran; Italy)

Tehran Times (2016). Italy returns scores of smuggled artifacts to Iran. Tehran Times. 9 November.

Prince Charles warns of cultural destruction on UAE visit

(United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom)

Sean Coughlan (2016). Prince Charles warns of cultural destruction on UAE visit. BBC News. 7 November.

Is Israel's Big New Find a Hoax?

(Israel; Palestine)

Candida Moss (2016). Is Israel's Big New Find a Hoax?. The Daily Beast. 6 November.

'Lead Sea Scrolls' row reopened

(Jordan)

Richard Brooks (2016). 'Lead Sea Scrolls' row reopened. The Sunday Times. 6 November.

Palestinians make a play for Dead Sea Scrolls at UNESCO

(Israel; Palestine)

Tovah Lazaroff (2016). Palestinians make a play for Dead Sea Scrolls at UNESCO. The Jerusalem Post. 6 November.

Protesters Demand Sculpture Be Removed from Contemporary Istanbul

(Turkey)

Art Forum (2016). Protesters Demand Sculpture Be Removed from Contemporary Istanbul. Art Forum. 4 November.

'Activists held' at King Cyrus tomb in Iran

(Iran)

BBC News (2016). 'Activists held' at King Cyrus tomb in Iran. BBC News. 31 October.

Iraqi heritage sites again at risk in Mosul operation

(Iraq)

AFP (2016). Iraqi heritage sites again at risk in Mosul operation. The Daily Mail. 31 October.

Photographer Steve McCurry speaks out against arrest of Sharbat Gula, the 'Afghan girl with green eyes'

(Afghanistan; Pakistan)

Gareth Harris (2016). Photographer Steve McCurry speaks out against arrest of Sharbat Gula, the 'Afghan girl with green eyes'. The Art Newspaper. 27 October.

Ancient Hebrew Papyrus Seized from Looters, But Is It Authentic?

(Israel)

Owen Jarus (2016). Ancient Hebrew Papyrus Seized from Looters, But Is It Authentic?. Live Science. 26 October.

'Afghan Girl' in 1985 National Geographic Photo Is Arrested in Pakistan

(Afghanistan; Pakistan)

Christine Hauser (2016). 'Afghan Girl' in 1985 National Geographic Photo Is Arrested in Pakistan. The New York Times. 26 October.

These Sifrei Torah made it through hard times in Poland, Iraq, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere, before being reborn in new communities.

(Israel; Iraq; Poland; Portugal; Czech Republic; Russia)

The Jerusalem Post (2016). These Sifrei Torah made it through hard times in Poland, Iraq, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere, before being reborn in new communities.. The Jerusalem Post. 24 October.

A tale of Vermeers, art experts, and the most notorious- forger of the 20th century

(Israel; Netherlands)

Maya Margit (2016). A tale of Vermeers, art experts, and the most notorious- forger of the 20th century. I24 News. 21 October.

Israel's antiquities chief compares UNESCO to Islamic State

(Israel; Palestine)

Ilan Ben Zion (2016). Israel's antiquities chief compares UNESCO to Islamic State. The Times of Israel. 20 October.

Emirati Police Holding 3 Foreigners Trying to Sell Artifacts

(United Arab Emirates)

Associated Press (2016). Emirati Police Holding 3 Foreigners Trying to Sell Artifacts. ABC United States. 18 October.

Qatar Museums opens 'Fragments' exhibition in Katara

(United Arab Emirates)

QNA (2016). Qatar Museums opens 'Fragments' exhibition in Katara. GDN Online. 18 October.

Some looted Idlib National Museum artifacts resurface, fate of others a mystery amidst 'thriving black market trade'

(Syria)

Noura Hourani (2016). Some looted Idlib National Museum artifacts resurface, fate of others a mystery amidst 'thriving black market trade'. Syria Direct. 18 October.

Khalifa issues law on cultural heritage objects

(United Arab Emirates)

Gulf News (2016). Khalifa issues law on cultural heritage objects. Gulf News. 12 October.

Are These New Dead Sea Scrolls the Real Thing?

(Israel)

Owen Jarus (2016). Are These New Dead Sea Scrolls the Real Thing?. Live Science. 10 October.

Basra Museum: How Saddam's palace was given to the people

(Iraq)

BBC News (2016). Basra Museum: How Saddam's palace was given to the people. BBC News. 8 October.

Nine suspects charged with smuggling rare Torah manuscripts into Israel

(Egypt; Israel)

Al-Masry Al-Youm (2016). Nine suspects charged with smuggling rare Torah manuscripts into Israel. Egypt Independent. 7 October.

UNESCO-backed exhibit in Rome features 3 destroyed treasures

(Italy; Syria)

Associated Press (2016). UNESCO-backed exhibit in Rome features 3 destroyed treasures. The Daily Mail. 6 October.

Ancient Assyrian site graffitied with Kurdish flag to be restored

(Iraq)

Paul Antonopoulos (2016). Ancient Assyrian site graffitied with Kurdish flag to be restored. AMN. 6 October.

Bull of Nimrud destroyed by Isis to be recreated in Rome

(Italy; Syria)

Stephanie Kirchgaessner (2016). Bull of Nimrud destroyed by Isis to be recreated in Rome. The Guardian. 6 October.

Raiders of the Lost Archive: How Newly Discovered Manuscripts of Afghanistan Ended Up in Israel

(Afghanistan; Israel)

Michael Press (2016). Raiders of the Lost Archive: How Newly Discovered Manuscripts of Afghanistan Ended Up in Israel. Hyperallergic. 5 October.

Lebanese activists fight to save Beirut's architectural heritage

(Lebanon)

Changiz M. Varzi (2016). Lebanese activists fight to save Beirut's architectural heritage. Equal Times. 5 October.

Exclusive: Under the Russians' noses, looters continue to plunder treasures of Palmyra

(Syria)

Magdy Samaan (2016). Exclusive: Under the Russians' noses, looters continue to plunder treasures of Palmyra. The Telegraph. 3 October.

ISIS destroys, loots archaeological sites near Kirkuk

(Iraq)

Amir Abdallah (2016). ISIS destroys, loots archaeological sites near Kirkuk. Iraqi News. 3 October.

A guardian of Syria's imperiled cultural heritage

(Syria)

Giota Mirtsioti (2016). A guardian of Syria's imperiled cultural heritage. eKathimerini. 29 September.

Why the Terrorist Who Destroyed Palmyra Won't Face Justice

(Syria)

Russell Goldman (2016). Why the Terrorist Who Destroyed Palmyra Won't Face Justice. The New York Times. 29 September.

Saudi strikes raze ancient Yemen towers

(Yemen; Saudi Arabia)

Bel Trew (2016). Saudi strikes raze ancient Yemen towers. The Times. 21 September.

Slick Replica of Palmyra's Triumphal Arch Arrives in New York, Prompting Questions

(Syria; United States of America)

Claire Voon (2016). Slick Replica of Palmyra's Triumphal Arch Arrives in New York, Prompting Questions. Hyperallergic. 20 September.

Iraq struggles to stop antiquities smuggling

(Iraq)

Adnan Abu Zeed (2016). Iraq struggles to stop antiquities smuggling. Al Monitor. 19 September.

Looting? $283 Million Flow of Artifacts to US Revealed

(Turkey; Syria; United States of America)

Owen Jarus (2016). Looting? $283 Million Flow of Artifacts to US Revealed. Live Science. 19 September.

Araiji calls for new antiquities law

(Lebanon)

Lebanese Republic (2016). Araiji calls for new antiquities law. National News Agency. 14 September.

Arqueólogos intentan hacer de Afganistán un museo entre saqueos

(Afghanistan)

Archaeologists intend to make Afghanistan a museum despite looting

Panorama (2016). Arqueólogos intentan hacer de Afganistán un museo entre saqueos. Panorama. 14 September.

Police searching stolen vehicle finds 2nd century tomb in Bursa

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2016). Police searching stolen vehicle finds 2nd century tomb in Bursa. Daily Sabah. 10 September.

Plea for holiday photos to help preserve world heritage

(Syria; Libya; Afghanistan)

Kirsteen Paterson (2016). Plea for holiday photos to help preserve world heritage. The National. 9 September.

Kuwaiti official urges end to theft of Arab culture

(Kuwait)

KUNA (2016). Kuwaiti official urges end to theft of Arab culture. Kuwait News Agency. 8 September.

Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities

(Iraq)

Eve M. Kahn (2016). Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities. The New York Times. 8 September.

Fake antiquities flood out of Syria as smugglers fail to steal masterpieces amid the chaos of war

(Syria)

Patrick Cockburn (2016). Fake antiquities flood out of Syria as smugglers fail to steal masterpieces amid the chaos of war. The Independent. 6 September.

Amman hosts conference to launch regional task force to combat cultural racketeering

(Jordan)

Petra (2016). Amman hosts conference to launch regional task force to combat cultural racketeering. Petra. 6 September.

Turkish government shuts down important archaeological dig, apparently to punish Austria

(Turkey; Austria)

Erik Stokstad (2016). Turkish government shuts down important archaeological dig, apparently to punish Austria. Science. 6 September.

UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of a 9th century old mosque of Bani Matar in Yemen

(Yemen)

UNESCO (2016). UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of a 9th century old mosque of Bani Matar in Yemen. Malaysia Sun. 4 September.

Protecting antiquities in Syria and Libya from Islamic State

(Libya; Syria)

Nick Miller (2016). Protecting antiquities in Syria and Libya from Islamic State. The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 September.

Ancient capital of Israel site beset by vandalism

(Palestine; Israel)

Assaf Kamar (2016). Ancient capital of Israel site beset by vandalism. Ynet News. 3 September.

Ancient artifact smugglers arrested in south Lebanon

(Lebanon)

The Daily Star (2016). Ancient artifact smugglers arrested in south Lebanon. The Daily Star. 3 September.

How Yemen's past is being erased, one air strike at a time

(Yemen)

Peter Osborne (2016). How Yemen's past is being erased, one air strike at a time. Middle East Eye. 2 September.

11th century Bible recovered in central Turkey

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2016). 11th century Bible recovered in central Turkey. Daily Sabah. 30 August.

Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2016 ends with call to save heritage endangered by war

(United Kingdom; Syria)

Phyllis Stephen (2016). Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2016 ends with call to save heritage endangered by war. The Edinburgh Reporter. 28 August.

From Timbuktu to Grimsby, heritage deserves to be restored and revered

(Mali; Bosnia; Iraq; Germany)

Simon Jenkins (2016). From Timbuktu to Grimsby, heritage deserves to be restored and revered. The Guardian. 25 August.

Qatar's oil boom created the world's most extravagant art scene—and also led to its demise

(United Arab Emirates)

Mikolai Napieralski (2016). Qatar's oil boom created the world's most extravagant art scene—and also led to its demise. Quartz. 24 August.

Almost 70%of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says

(Syria)

Tim Cornwell (2016). Almost 70%of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says. The Art Newspaper. 24 August.

Israeli museum transfer sets 'dangerous precedent'

(Palestine; Israel)

Ylenia Gostoli (2016). Israeli museum transfer sets 'dangerous precedent'. Al Jazeera. 24 August.

Tomb raiders pillaged ancient Kazakhstan pyramid leaving only skulls and pottery

(Kazakhstan)

Lara Rebello (2016). Tomb raiders pillaged ancient Kazakhstan pyramid leaving only skulls and pottery. International Business Times. 23 August.

Iran to Reclaim Achaemenid Tablets from US after 80 Years

(Iran; United States of America)

Iranian Students News (2016). Iran to Reclaim Achaemenid Tablets from US after 80 Years. Iran Front Page. 22 August.

Smithsonian, other agencies protect artifacts in Iraq, Syria

(Syria; Iraq; United States of America)

Joe Davidson (2016). Smithsonian, other agencies protect artifacts in Iraq, Syria. The Washington Post. 19 August.

US places import restrictions to protect Syrian artifacts

(Syria; United States of America)

AFP (2016). US places import restrictions to protect Syrian artifacts. The Daily Mail. 17 August.

GAO: Art world wants US to better protect artifacts in Iraq, Syria

(Iraq; Syria; United States of America)

Rebecca Kheel (2016). GAO: Art world wants US to better protect artifacts in Iraq, Syria. The Hill. 15 August.

Ancient breakwater in Istanbul broken

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Ancient breakwater in Istanbul broken. Hurriyet Daily News. 11 August.

MKs turn to UNESCO to save prophet's tomb

(Iraq; Israel)

Roi Kais (2016). MKs turn to UNESCO to save prophet's tomb. Ynet News. 8 August.

Franz Kafka literary legal battle ends as Israel's high court rules in favor of library

(Israel)

AFP (2016). Franz Kafka literary legal battle ends as Israel's high court rules in favor of library. The Guardian. 8 August.

80%of Aleppo Old City square destroyed, residents lack tools to rebuild

(Syria)

Syria Direct (2016). 80%of Aleppo Old City square destroyed, residents lack tools to rebuild. Syria Direct. 4 August.

Police detain 5 Wakf members for illegally renovating Dome of Rock

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2016). Police detain 5 Wakf members for illegally renovating Dome of Rock. The Jerusalem Post. 4 August.

The foot of Zeus

(Afghanistan; Japan)

Llewelyn Morgan (2016). The foot of Zeus. Prospect Magazine. 3 August.

Salafists blow up 16-century mosque in Yemen

(Yemen)

AFP (2016). Salafists blow up 16-century mosque in Yemen. Al Arabiya. 31 July.

Turkish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan arrested

(Turkey)

Helen Stoilas (2016). Turkish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan arrested. The Art Newspaper. 29 July.

Two Britons among 12 people to face trial for taking samples from archaeological sites

(United Arab Emirates)

GDN Online (2016). Two Britons among 12 people to face trial for taking samples from archaeological sites. GDN Online. 28 July.

Undermined by silence: lack of provenance is devastating flaw of al-Sabah collection catalogue

(Kuwait)

Jane Jakeman (2016). Undermined by silence: lack of provenance is devastating flaw of al-Sabah collection catalogue. The Art Newspaper. 26 July.

Ancient Treasures Shouldn't Be Compensation for Terror Victims

(Iran; United States of America)

Noah Feldman (2016). Ancient Treasures Shouldn't Be Compensation for Terror Victims. Bloomberg. 25 July.

High Court of Justice okays transfer of ancient library to western Jerusalem

(Israel; Palestine)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2016). High Court of Justice okays transfer of ancient library to western Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post. 24 July.

Citizens map out Gaza's history

(Palestine)

Moath Al-Amoudi (2016). Citizens map out Gaza's history. Al Monitor. 24 July.

Iran's National Library receives 2 rare Quran manuscripts

(Iran; Germany)

Mehr News Agency (2016). Iran's National Library receives 2 rare Quran manuscripts. Mehr News Agency. 23 July.

IS destruction too extensive to restore Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra

(Syria)

Reuters (2016). IS destruction too extensive to restore Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra. Reuters. 23 July.

Museums win bid to keep antiquities

(Iran; United States of America)

Patricia Manson (2016). Museums win bid to keep antiquities. Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. 20 July.

Travel ban lifted on leading Iranian artist

(Iran)

Gareth Harris (2016). Travel ban lifted on leading Iranian artist. The Art Newspaper. 19 July.

Sumerian city of Lagash slowly emerging from desert sands

(Iraq)

Adnan Abu Zeed (2016). Sumerian city of Lagash slowly emerging from desert sands. Al Monitor. 19 July.

UNESCO deplores damage to Aleppo National Museum; warns five Heritage Sites in Libya are in danger

(Syria; Libya)

UN News Centre (2016). UNESCO deplores damage to Aleppo National Museum; warns five Heritage Sites in Libya are in danger. UN News Centre. 14 July.

Netanyahu Reportedly Secreted Auschwitz Blueprints to Israel

(Israel)

The Jewish Voice (2016). Netanyahu Reportedly Secreted Auschwitz Blueprints to Israel. The Jewish Voice. 13 July.

Police seize priceless 2,000-year-old Aphrodite statue in Istanbul

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Police seize priceless 2,000-year-old Aphrodite statue in Istanbul. Hurriyet Daily News. 12 July.

Turkey's artists face growing government pressure

(Turkey)

Sukru Kucukshin (2016). Turkey's artists face growing government pressure. Al Monitor. 11 July.

Leading Iranian artist accused by authorities of disturbing the peace

(Iran)

Gareth Harris (2016). Leading Iranian artist accused by authorities of disturbing the peace. The Art Newspaper. 11 July.

Syria, Colonialism, and the Yale Art Gallery

(United States of America; Syria)

Olivia Paschal (2016). Syria, Colonialism, and the Yale Art Gallery. The Politic. 8 July.

Smash, bulldoze, erase: ISIS releases new video of Palmyra antiquities' destruction

(Syria)

RT (2016). Smash, bulldoze, erase: ISIS releases new video of Palmyra antiquities' destruction. RT. 7 July.

Netanyahu unwittingly secreted original Auschwitz blueprints to Israel

(Israel; Poland; Germany)

JTA (2016). Netanyahu unwittingly secreted original Auschwitz blueprints to Israel. The Times of Israel. 7 July.

The Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Islam's second holiest site, attacked

(Saudi Arabia)

Gareth Harris (2016). The Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Islam's second holiest site, attacked. The Art Newspaper. 5 July.

Louvre Abu Dhabi to host summit on culture versus terrorism

(United Arab Emirates)

Vincent Noce (2016). Louvre Abu Dhabi to host summit on culture versus terrorism. The Art Newspaper. 5 July.

Authorities combine to catch antiquities thieves

(Israel)

Arutz Sheva (2016). Authorities combine to catch antiquities thieves. Arutz Sheva. 4 July.

Renowned Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli barred from leaving country

(Iran)

Saeed Kamali Dehghan (2016). Renowned Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli barred from leaving country. The Guardian. 2 July.

Prized Lion of Babylon joins list of crumbling Iraqi antiquities

(Iraq)

Adnan Abu Zeed (2016). Prized Lion of Babylon joins list of crumbling Iraqi antiquities. Al Monitor. 30 June.

The politics and poetry of restoring war ruins

(Syria)

Gulf News (2016). The politics and poetry of restoring war ruins. Gulf News. 29 June.

Saudi heritage revival too late to save many cultural treasures

(Saudi Arabia)

Angus McDowall (2016). Saudi heritage revival too late to save many cultural treasures. Reuters. 22 June.

Ancient Egyptian Relics Returned After Surfacing at Israeli Auction

(Egypt; Israel)

Associated Press (2016). Ancient Egyptian Relics Returned After Surfacing at Israeli Auction. Haaretz. 21 June.

Egypt to sign archaeological cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia

(Egypt; Saudi Arabia)

Nevine El-Aref (2016). Egypt to sign archaeological cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia. Ahram Online. 19 June.

Two sarcophagi's lids recovered by Egypt from Israel

(Egypt; Israel)

Nevine El-Aref (2016). Two sarcophagi's lids recovered by Egypt from Israel. Ahram Online. 16 June.

Picasso Sculpture in Dispute Goes to Leon Black; Rival Owner to Receive Compensation

(United States of America; United Arab Emirates)

Robin Pogrebin (2016). Picasso Sculpture in Dispute Goes to Leon Black; Rival Owner to Receive Compensation. The New York Times. 15 June.

Raid in upscale Jerusalem plaza uncovers hundreds of illicitly traded relics

(Israel)

I24 News (2016). Raid in upscale Jerusalem plaza uncovers hundreds of illicitly traded relics. I24 News. 15 June.

High school students restore vandalized Ashdod historic site after 'paint party'

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2016). High school students restore vandalized Ashdod historic site after 'paint party'. The Jerusalem Post. 13 June.

Police discover Qadafi's looted ivory dagger in Istanbul

(Libya; Turkey; Saudi Arabia)

Yeni Şafak (2016). Police discover Qadafi's looted ivory dagger in Istanbul. Yeni Şafak. 13 June.

Stolen Ottoman-era artifacts recovered in Istanbul

(Turkey)

Yeni Şafak (2016). Stolen Ottoman-era artifacts recovered in Istanbul. Yeni Şafak. 8 June.

Daesh claims to destroy yet another ancient Iraqi temple

(Iraq)

Anadolu Agency (2016). Daesh claims to destroy yet another ancient Iraqi temple. Daily Sabah. 7 June.

US Returns More Than 200 Stolen Artifacts to India After Federal Investigation

(India; United States of America)

Geneva Sands (2016). US Returns More Than 200 Stolen Artifacts to India After Federal Investigation. ABC United States. 6 June.

Palestine demands return of seized artefacts

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Nasouh Nazzal (2016). Palestine demands return of seized artefacts. Gulf News. 6 June.

Driver smuggled antiquities in Norwegian Ambassador's car

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Ari Soffer (2016). Driver smuggled antiquities in Norwegian Ambassador's car. Israel National News. 6 June.

Questions raised after famous statue disappears in Ankara

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Questions raised after famous statue disappears in Ankara. Hurriyet Daily News. 3 June.

Ancient stela lost after discovery

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2016). Ancient stela lost after discovery. Hurriyet Daily News. 2 June.

Syria's third-oldest mosque damaged by airstrike: 'A violation of historical sites'

(Syria)

Alaa Nassar (2016). Syria's third-oldest mosque damaged by airstrike: 'A violation of historical sites'. Syria Direct. 2 June.

Israel wards off looters of antiquity high above the Dead Sea

(Israel)

Mike Smith (2016). Israel wards off looters of antiquity high above the Dead Sea. Yahoo News. 2 June.

Syrian troops looting ancient city Palmyra, says archaeologist

(Syria)

AFP (2016). Syrian troops looting ancient city Palmyra, says archaeologist. The Guardian. 1 June.

How much money is ISIS actually making from looted art?

(Iraq; Syria)

Fiona Rose-Greenland (2016). How much money is ISIS actually making from looted art?. The Conversation. 31 May.

National plan to save Dead Sea Scrolls from thieves

(Israel)

Yoni Kempinski (2016). National plan to save Dead Sea Scrolls from thieves. Arutz Sheva. 25 May.

Israel returns to Egypt two stolen artefacts

(Egypt; Israel)

Reuters (2016). Israel returns to Egypt two stolen artefacts. Ahram Online. 22 May.

While the world watches Palmyra, another of Syria's heritage sites risks destruction

(Syria)

Ross Burns (2016). While the world watches Palmyra, another of Syria's heritage sites risks destruction. Apollo. 20 May.

Looting rife, heritage sites destroyed: The state of Syria's history

(Syria)

Lizzie Porter (2016). Looting rife, heritage sites destroyed: The state of Syria's history. Middle East Eye. 20 May.

Red list prepared for Syrian artifacts

(Syria; Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Red list prepared for Syrian artifacts. Hurriyet Daily News. 20 May.

How Christie's helped to return a looted treasure to Afghanistan

(Afghanistan; United Kingdom)

Christie's (2016). How Christie's helped to return a looted treasure to Afghanistan. Christie's. 20 May.

Iran Arrests Eight Models for Posting "Un-Islamic" Photos on Instagram

(Iran)

Carey Dunne (2016). Iran Arrests Eight Models for Posting "Un-Islamic" Photos on Instagram. Hyperallergic. 18 May.

After 4 years, rare sarcophagi smuggled into Israel to be returned to Egypt

(Egypt; Israel)

Ilan Ben Zion (2016). After 4 years, rare sarcophagi smuggled into Israel to be returned to Egypt. The Times of Israel. 18 May.

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

(Syria; Russia)

Associated Press (2016). Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra. The Daily Mail. 17 May.

Palestinian Museum Prepares to Open, Minus Exhibits

(Palestine)

James Glanz (2016). Palestinian Museum Prepares to Open, Minus Exhibits. The New York Times. 16 May.

In new crackdown, antiquities authorities tighten noose around dealers, thieves

(Israel)

Ilan Ben Zion (2016). In new crackdown, antiquities authorities tighten noose around dealers, thieves. The Times of Israel. 16 May.

CHTHO asks Iranians abroad to report smuggled artifacts

(Iran)

Tehran Times (2016). CHTHO asks Iranians abroad to report smuggled artifacts. Tehran Times. 14 May.

Russia and Syria Use Palmyra as a Stage for Political Theater

(Syria; Russia)

Jennifer MacKenzie (2016). Russia and Syria Use Palmyra as a Stage for Political Theater. Hyperallergic. 13 May.

Ancient Persian seals returned by U.S. to go on display

(Iran; United States of America)

Tehran Times (2016). Ancient Persian seals returned by U.S. to go on display. Tehran Times. 11 May.

Syrian Antiquities Import Restrictions Are Law, But Will They Work?

(United States of America; Syria)

Owen Jarus (2016). Syrian Antiquities Import Restrictions Are Law, But Will They Work?. Live Science. 10 May.

Obama signs into law new restrictions on Syrian antiquities

(United States of America; Syria)

Bradley Klapper (2016). Obama signs into law new restrictions on Syrian antiquities. Stars and Stripes. 9 May.

The man who helped save Afghanistan's treasures from ravages of war

(Afghanistan)

Sune Engel Rasmussen (2016). The man who helped save Afghanistan's treasures from ravages of war. The Guardian. 5 May.

IS Files Reveal Assad's Deals With Militants

(Syria)

Stuart Ramsey (2016). IS Files Reveal Assad's Deals With Militants. Sky News. 3 May.

Artists in Guggenheim Show Urge Museum to Resume Talks on Migrant Rights in Abu Dhabi

(United Arab Emirates)

Carey Dunne (2016). Artists in Guggenheim Show Urge Museum to Resume Talks on Migrant Rights in Abu Dhabi. Hyperallergic. 29 April.

Police thwart sale of 600-year-old Torah in Istanbul

(Turkey; Syria)

Daily Sabah (2016). Police thwart sale of 600-year-old Torah in Istanbul. Daily Sabah. 29 April.

Youths vandalize historic site

(Israel)

Matan Tzuri (2016). Youths vandalize historic site. Ynet News. 27 April.

Stolen Sarcophagus Returned

(Turkey; United States of America)

Ahmet Balan (2016). Stolen Sarcophagus Returned. Associated Press. 26 April.

Antiquities expert on Palmyra visit: 'Syria can't possibly restore the destroyed artifacts'

(Syria)

Bahira al-Zarier (2016). Antiquities expert on Palmyra visit: 'Syria can't possibly restore the destroyed artifacts'. Syria Direct. 26 April.

Ordinary Syrians are Risking Their Lives to Protect Their Cultural Heritage

(Syria)

Emma Cunliffe (2016). Ordinary Syrians are Risking Their Lives to Protect Their Cultural Heritage. The Wire. 23 April.

Jewish family makes claims to prized Passover manuscript

(Israel)

Associated Press (2016). Jewish family makes claims to prized Passover manuscript. The Daily Mail. 21 April.

Palmyra's Arch of Triumph recreated in London

(Syria; United Kingdom)

Lauren Turner (2016). Palmyra's Arch of Triumph recreated in London. BBC News. 19 April.

Palmyra Arch in London: 'Unethical' reconstruction of 'Disneyland' archaeology criticised

(United Kingdom; Syria)

Umberto Bacchi (2016). Palmyra Arch in London: 'Unethical' reconstruction of 'Disneyland' archaeology criticised. International Business Times. 19 April.

Exclusive Photos Show Destruction of Nineveh Gates by ISIS

(Iraq)

Kristin Romey (2016). Exclusive Photos Show Destruction of Nineveh Gates by ISIS. National Geographic. 19 April.

Turkish Culture Minister: No tolerance for antiquity smuggling from Syria

(Turkey; Syria)

Daily Sabah (2016). Turkish Culture Minister: No tolerance for antiquity smuggling from Syria. Daily Sabah. 17 April.

Shawnee State University's Amr Al-Azm aids the fight against ISIS looting in Syria (photos)

(Syria)

Steven Litt (2016). Shawnee State University's Amr Al-Azm aids the fight against ISIS looting in Syria (photos). Cleveland.com. 14 April.

Senate Votes to Ban Imports of Syrian Art and Antiquities

(United States of America; Syria)

Steven Lee Myers (2016). Senate Votes to Ban Imports of Syrian Art and Antiquities. The New York Times. 13 April.

Why Gaziantep Became Hub for Smugglers Selling Historical Syrian Artifacts

(Turkey; Syria)

Sputnik News (2016). Why Gaziantep Became Hub for Smugglers Selling Historical Syrian Artifacts. Sputnik News. 11 April.

Turkey 'probing Russia claims on antiques'

(Turkey; Syria; Russia)

Press TV (2016). Turkey 'probing Russia claims on antiques'. Press TV. 8 April.

Private collectors fuel demand for looted Mideast antiquities

(General)

Barbara Slavin (2016). Private collectors fuel demand for looted Mideast antiquities. Al Monitor. 7 April.

Is the Israel Museum's Birds' Head Haggadah Nazi-era loot?

(Israel)

David D'Arcy (2016). Is the Israel Museum's Birds' Head Haggadah Nazi-era loot?. The Art Newspaper. 6 April.

Islamic State nets up to $200 million a year from antiquities: Russia

(Syria; Russia)

Louis Charbonneau (2016). Islamic State nets up to $200 million a year from antiquities: Russia. Reuters. 6 April.

Smuggler of Stolen Artifacts From Palmyra Speaks Out About ISIS' Illicit Operation

(Syria; Turkey)

Richard Engel (2016). Smuggler of Stolen Artifacts From Palmyra Speaks Out About ISIS' Illicit Operation. NBC. 6 April.

ICE returns dinosaur skeletons, eggs to Mongolia

(Mongolia; United States of America)

ICE (2016). ICE returns dinosaur skeletons, eggs to Mongolia. ICE. 5 April.

Historic castle destroyed by sea and treasure hunters in Turkey's west

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2016). Historic castle destroyed by sea and treasure hunters in Turkey's west. Hurriyet Daily News. 4 April.

Sekhemka to leave the UK as export licence deadline passes

(United Kingdom; United Arab Emirates; Egypt)

Martin Bailey (2016). Sekhemka to leave the UK as export licence deadline passes. The Art Newspaper. 1 April.

Gagosian Attracts NY Scrutiny Over Picasso Deal for Leon Black

(United States of America; United Arab Emirates)

Keri Geiger (2016). Gagosian Attracts NY Scrutiny Over Picasso Deal for Leon Black. Bloomberg. 1 April.

ISIS 'Department of Artifacts' document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE)

(Turkey; Syria)

RT (2016). ISIS 'Department of Artifacts' document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE). RT. 31 March.

After 25 years, German doctor returns rare, ancient coin to Israel

(Israel; Germany)

The Canadian Jewish News (2016). After 25 years, German doctor returns rare, ancient coin to Israel. The Canadian Jewish News. 30 March.

Why Palmyra is a pawn in Assad's game with the West

(Syria)

Sabine Oelze (2016). Why Palmyra is a pawn in Assad's game with the West. DW. 30 March.

Unemployed Iraqis join in looting of antiquities

(Iraq)

Wassim Bassem (2016). Unemployed Iraqis join in looting of antiquities. Al Monitor. 28 March.

First Pictures Of Palmyra As IS Driven Out

(Syria)

Sky News (2016). First Pictures Of Palmyra As IS Driven Out. Sky News. 28 March.

Palmyra liberated: First images of ancient heritage site freed from ISIS (PHOTOS)

(Syria)

RT (2016). Palmyra liberated: First images of ancient heritage site freed from ISIS (PHOTOS). RT. 28 March.

Restoring Syria's pearl of the desert: a reason for optimism amid the storm of terror

(Syria)

Maamoun Abdelkarim (2016). Restoring Syria's pearl of the desert: a reason for optimism amid the storm of terror. The Guardian. 26 March.

Yemeni authorities jail Jewish man over airlifted Torah

(Yemen; Israel)

Sandy Rashty (2016). Yemeni authorities jail Jewish man over airlifted Torah. The Jewish Chronicle. 24 March.

World's most expensive plate seized in Turkey

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). World's most expensive plate seized in Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 22 March.

Thai gardener whose $20 mn heist caused Blue Diamond Affair becomes monk

(Thailand; Saudi Arabia)

AFP (2016). Thai gardener whose $20 mn heist caused Blue Diamond Affair becomes monk. Hindustan Times. 17 March.

Art and activism collide at Iraqi artefact exhibition in Toronto

(Canada; Iraq)

Jillian D'Amours (2016). Art and activism collide at Iraqi artefact exhibition in Toronto. Middle East Eye. 17 March.

American tourist sneaks into ancient Jerusalem cave in overnight treasure hunt

(Israel)

Alexander J. Apfel (2016). American tourist sneaks into ancient Jerusalem cave in overnight treasure hunt. Ynet News. 16 March.

The Trouble With the Maadana: Could an Israeli national symbol be a fake?

(Israel)

Daniel Estrin (2016). The Trouble With the Maadana: Could an Israeli national symbol be a fake?. New Republic. 16 March.

Ancient Statue Is Seized From Manhattan Gallery

(United States of America; Afghanistan)

Tom Mashberg (2016). Ancient Statue Is Seized From Manhattan Gallery. The New York Times. 16 March.

6 out of 6: ALL of Syria's UNESCO Heritage Sites damaged or destroyed during civil war

(Syria)

RT (2016). 6 out of 6: ALL of Syria's UNESCO Heritage Sites damaged or destroyed during civil war. RT. 15 March.

Cómo se roban la historia siria

(Syria)

Juan David Torres Duarte (2016). Cómo se roban la historia siria. El Espectador. 12 March.

The antiquities looting crisis in the Middle East

(General)

George Richards (2016). The antiquities looting crisis in the Middle East. Al Jazeera. 12 March.

Quarry workers 'erasing history' in Antalya with soap, sponge

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Quarry workers 'erasing history' in Antalya with soap, sponge. Hurriyet Daily News. 12 March.

Antiquities: The Spoils of War

(Syria; Iraq)

Georgina Adam (2016). Antiquities: The Spoils of War. Financial Times. 11 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: Looted Sumerian Seal

(Iraq)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: Looted Sumerian Seal. BBC News. 11 March.

Escalating the War on Looting

(Syria; Iraq)

Celestine Bohlen (2016). Escalating the War on Looting. The New York Times. 11 March.

To Fight ISIS, Art Dealers & Archaeologists Join Forces

(Syria; Iraq)

Catherine Chapman (2016). To Fight ISIS, Art Dealers & Archaeologists Join Forces. Vice. 11 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: The Armenian church in Deir al-Zour

(Syria)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: The Armenian church in Deir al-Zour. BBC News. 10 March.

UNESCO and French and Swiss heritage professionals stand up for the safeguarding of Syrian heritage

(Syria; France; Switzerland)

UNESCO (2016). UNESCO and French and Swiss heritage professionals stand up for the safeguarding of Syrian heritage. UNESCO. 10 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: The unacceptable poet

(Syria)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: The unacceptable poet. BBC News. 8 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: Mar Elian Monastery

(Syria)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: Mar Elian Monastery. BBC News. 7 March.

'This is living antiquity': the director of the Hermitage wants to rebuild Palmyra

(Syria; Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). 'This is living antiquity': the director of the Hermitage wants to rebuild Palmyra. The Art Newspaper. 7 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: The Lion of al-Lat

(Syria)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: The Lion of al-Lat. BBC News. 4 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: Aleppo's minaret

(Syria)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: Aleppo's minaret. BBC News. 3 March.

Christian hamlet in Syria bears scars of fierce fighting

(Syria)

Associated Press (2016). Christian hamlet in Syria bears scars of fierce fighting. The Daily Mail. 3 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: Tell of Qarqur

(Syria)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: Tell of Qarqur. BBC News. 2 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: The Temple of Bel

(Syria)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: The Temple of Bel. BBC News. 1 March.

What do we really know about Islamic State's role in illicit antiquities trade?

(Iraq; Syria)

Christina Ruiz (2016). What do we really know about Islamic State's role in illicit antiquities trade?. The Art Newspaper. 1 March.

Museum of Lost Objects: The Winged Bull of Nineveh

(Iraq)

Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: The Winged Bull of Nineveh. BBC News. 29 February.

Some Take Massive Risks To Save Syria's Cultural Heritage

(Syria)

NPR (2016). Some Take Massive Risks To Save Syria's Cultural Heritage. NPR. 28 February.

Tel Aviv: Burglars indicted for heist of 17th Century manuscripts

(Israel)

Ben Hartman (2016). Tel Aviv: Burglars indicted for heist of 17th Century manuscripts. The Jerusalem Post. 28 February.

Boy finds ancient figurine during Beit She'an outing

(Israel)

Times of Israel (2016). Boy finds ancient figurine during Beit She'an outing. The Times of Israel. 25 February.

Judge Swaps Vote on Iran Bank to Save Relics

(United States of America; Iran)

Adam Klasfeld (2016). Judge Swaps Vote on Iran Bank to Save Relics. Courthouse News Service. 23 February.

Panchaloha idol of Sri Ram stolen from Mudhol temple

(India)

The Hindu (2016). Panchaloha idol of Sri Ram stolen from Mudhol temple. The Hindu. 19 February.

Home at last: 39 historic artifacts from Anatolia returned

(Turkey)

Burcu Calik (2016). Home at last: 39 historic artifacts from Anatolia returned. Daily Sabah. 15 February.

Drones for research: Use of the UAV in archaeology

(Jordan)

Popular Archaeology (2016). Drones for research: Use of the UAV in archaeology. Popular Archaeology. 14 February.

Spray painted tomb to be cleaned by experts

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Spray painted tomb to be cleaned by experts. Hurriyet Daily News. 11 February.

Cheikhmous Ali: the Syrian archaeologist who doesn't take sides

(Syria)

Vincent Noce (2016). Cheikhmous Ali: the Syrian archaeologist who doesn't take sides. The Art Newspaper. 10 February.

Ancient coins were replaced with fakes between 2001-2002 — PM

(Jordan)

Raed Omari (2016). Ancient coins were replaced with fakes between 2001-2002 — PM. The Jordan Times. 9 February.

'Buyer, Be Fair' Nonagenarian Warns Owner of Family Art Stolen in WW2

(Israel)

Ofer Aderet (2016). 'Buyer, Be Fair' Nonagenarian Warns Owner of Family Art Stolen in WW2. Haaretz. 8 February.

Sanctions Removal Will Help Iran Return Stolen Cultural Treasures

(Iran)

Sputnik News (2016). Sanctions Removal Will Help Iran Return Stolen Cultural Treasures. Sputnik News. 7 February.

Iran's Eight-Million-Year-Old Fossils Unveiled after Returning Home from US

(Iran)

Tasnim News Agency (2016). Iran's Eight-Million-Year-Old Fossils Unveiled after Returning Home from US. Tasnim News Agency. 6 February.

Saving Yemen's heritage, 'heart and soul of classical Islamic tradition'

(Yemen)

Amel Ahmed (2016). Saving Yemen's heritage, 'heart and soul of classical Islamic tradition'. Al Jazeera. 5 February.

Billionaire Leon Black Revealed as Mystery Buyer for Contested Picasso Bust

(United States of America; United Arab Emirates)

Sarah Cascone (2016). Billionaire Leon Black Revealed as Mystery Buyer for Contested Picasso Bust. ArtNet News. 4 February.

One museum's tribute to the murdered Syrian archaeologist, Khaled al-Asaad

(Syria; United States of America)

Phoebe Segal (2016). One museum's tribute to the murdered Syrian archaeologist, Khaled al-Asaad. Apollo. 4 February.

House panel looking into museum artefacts after 400 ancient coins replaced with fakes

(Jordan)

Rana Husseini (2016). House panel looking into museum artefacts after 400 ancient coins replaced with fakes. The Jordan Times. 3 February.

Picasso painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake

(Turkey)

AFP (2016). Picasso painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake. Hurriyet Daily News. 2 February.

Arts: le "Picasso" saisi en Turquie serait un faux

(Turkey)

France 24 (2016). Arts: le "Picasso" saisi en Turquie serait un faux. France 24. 1 February.

Temporary Agreement Reached in Custody Battle Over Picasso Bust

(United States of America; United Arab Emirates)

Robin Pogrebin (2016). Temporary Agreement Reached in Custody Battle Over Picasso Bust. The New York Times. 1 February.

Turkish police seize Picasso's masterpiece in anti-smuggling operation

(Turkey)

Emre Basaran (2016). Turkish police seize Picasso's masterpiece in anti-smuggling operation. Daily Sabah. 30 January.

Historic castle cleansed of graffiti

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2016). Historic castle cleansed of graffiti. Hurriyet Daily News. 28 January.

The Economist uses virtual reality to reconstruct museum lost in IS attack

(Iraq)

Jessica Goodfellow (2016). The Economist uses virtual reality to reconstruct museum lost in IS attack. The Drum. 28 January.

Looted: How global theft fuels trafficking, unrest & cultural control

(Syria; Iraq; Afghanistan; India)

Rattanamol Singh (2016). Looted: How global theft fuels trafficking, unrest & cultural control. Guernica Magazine. 28 January.

Italians Mock Cover-Up of Nude Statues for Iranian's Visit

(Vatican; Iran; Italy)

Elisabetta Povoledo (2016). Italians Mock Cover-Up of Nude Statues for Iranian's Visit. The New York Times. 27 January.

Rome spares Iranian president's blushes by covering nude statues

(Vatican; Iran)

Stephanie Kirchgaessner (2016). Rome spares Iranian president's blushes by covering nude statues. The Guardian. 26 January.

Lebanese authorities backtrack over high-profile curator's passport renewal

(Lebanon)

Gareth Harris (2016). Lebanese authorities backtrack over high-profile curator's passport renewal. The Art Newspaper. 25 January.

New Tool Maps Cultural Trail of Destruction Left by Islamic Extremist Groups

(General)

Lucy Westcott (2016). New Tool Maps Cultural Trail of Destruction Left by Islamic Extremist Groups. Newsweek. 24 January.

New laws to curb antiques trade

(Saudi Arabia)

Arab News (2016). New laws to curb antiques trade. Arab News. 24 January.

Greece a transit country for trade in illicit antiquities from Syria, Iraq

(Greece; Iraq; Syria)

eKathimerini (2016). Greece a transit country for trade in illicit antiquities from Syria, Iraq. eKathimerini. 24 January.

Partying for Palmyra: A Davos party with a difference

(Syria)

Joe Miller (2016). Partying for Palmyra: A Davos party with a difference. BBC News. 22 January.

To make a case against Islamic State's cultural vandalism, Western armies must set an example

(Iraq; Syria)

Erasmus (2016). To make a case against Islamic State's cultural vandalism, Western armies must set an example. The Economist. 22 January.

Curator Christine Tohmé Denied Passport by Lebanese Authorities

(Lebanon)

Hrag Vartanian (2016). Curator Christine Tohmé Denied Passport by Lebanese Authorities. Hyperallergic. 22 January.

Satellite proves ISIS destroyed 1,500-year-old monastery

(Iraq)

Arutz Sheva (2016). Satellite proves ISIS destroyed 1,500-year-old monastery. Arutz Sheva. 20 January.

Destruction in Kabul: I watched as the Taliban destroyed my life's work

(Afghanistan)

Yahya Muhibzada (2016). Destruction in Kabul: I watched as the Taliban destroyed my life's work. BBC News. 20 January.

Terrorists are destroying our cultural heritage. It's time to fight back

(Iraq; Syria)

Irina Bokova (2016). Terrorists are destroying our cultural heritage. It's time to fight back. World Economic Forum. 18 January.

Odyssey Explorer: Cyprus to examine suspect cargo of antiquities from offshore supply ship

(Cyprus; Lebanon)

Cahal Milmo (2016). Odyssey Explorer: Cyprus to examine suspect cargo of antiquities from offshore supply ship. The Independent. 16 January.

Welcome to the 'Academy Awards' of Coin Collecting

(United States of America; Iraq; Syria)

Kabir Sehgal (2016). Welcome to the 'Academy Awards' of Coin Collecting. Fortune. 16 January.

Renowned Writers Unite in Support of Saudi Artist Sentenced to Death

(Saudi Arabia)

Lorena Muñoz-Alonso (2016). Renowned Writers Unite in Support of Saudi Artist Sentenced to Death. ArtNet News. 15 January.

Rote ICOM-Notfallliste: Verstärkter Kampf gegen illegal gehandelte Kulturgüter aus dem Irak

(Iraq)

ICOM Emergency List: Fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural goods from Iraq strengthened.

Archäologie Online (2016). Rote ICOM-Notfallliste: Verstärkter Kampf gegen illegal gehandelte Kulturgüter aus dem Irak. Archäologie Online. 15 January.

Ancient obelisk becomes makeshift memorial in Istanbul

(Turkey)

AFP (2016). Ancient obelisk becomes makeshift memorial in Istanbul. News 24. 14 January.

Will Picasso Litigation Force Gagosian to Reveal His $100 Million Mystery Buyer?

(United States of America; United Arab Emirates)

Eileen Kinsella (2016). Will Picasso Litigation Force Gagosian to Reveal His $100 Million Mystery Buyer?. ArtNet News. 14 January.

Picasso Bust at Center of Custody Battle Between Gagosian and Qatar Royal Family

(United States of America; United Arab Emirates)

Robin Pogrebin (2016). Picasso Bust at Center of Custody Battle Between Gagosian and Qatar Royal Family. The New York Times. 12 January.

Istanbul explosion: 10 dead and 15 wounded in suspected Isis 'suicide bombing' in Sultanahmet Square - as it happened

(Turkey)

Samuel Osborne (2016). Istanbul explosion: 10 dead and 15 wounded in suspected Isis 'suicide bombing' in Sultanahmet Square - as it happened. The Independent. 12 January.

DGAM Director General: Terrorist organizations transgressing on archeological sites in Quneitra

(Syria)

Syria Online (2016). DGAM Director General: Terrorist organizations transgressing on archeological sites in Quneitra. Syria Online. 11 January.

From Auschwitz to Israel, the Saga of a Long-Lost Mini-Torah

(Israel; Austria)

Shlomo Rizel (2016). From Auschwitz to Israel, the Saga of a Long-Lost Mini-Torah. Chabad.org. 11 January.

Muhammad cartoons censored at Charlie Hebdo exhibit in Tel Aviv

(Israel; France)

The Times of Israel (2016). Muhammad cartoons censored at Charlie Hebdo exhibit in Tel Aviv. The Times of Israel. 10 January.

How Did Nazi-Looted Art Wind Up in Israel — and What Can Be Done About It?

(Israel)

Naomi Zeveloff (2016). How Did Nazi-Looted Art Wind Up in Israel — and What Can Be Done About It?. Forward. 10 January.

Van Dyck painting found in Istanbul

(Turkey; Georgia; Russia)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Van Dyck painting found in Istanbul. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 January.

Israeli high court says antiquities dealers must document all artefacts online

(Israel)

Anny Shaw (2016). Israeli high court says antiquities dealers must document all artefacts online. The Art Newspaper. 7 January.

Reliefs in Mersin fall victims to treasure hunters

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Reliefs in Mersin fall victims to treasure hunters. Hurriyet Daily News. 31 December.

'Love' graffiti on historic castle walls creates outrage

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). 'Love' graffiti on historic castle walls creates outrage. Hurriyet Daily News. 31 December.

'Revolutionary' court victory against antiquity thieves

(Israel)

Gil Ronen (2015). 'Revolutionary' court victory against antiquity thieves. Arutz Sheva. 29 December.

France builds grand alliance to protect cultural heritage

(Syria; Iraq; France)

Vincent Noce (2015). France builds grand alliance to protect cultural heritage. The Art Newspaper. 29 December.

Salvage Vessel Detained Over Antiquities Possession

(Cyprus; Lebanon)

The Maritime Executive (2015). Salvage Vessel Detained Over Antiquities Possession. The Maritime Executive. 29 December.

6,500 Smuggled Artefacts Are Back to Syria

(Syria)

Sputnik News (2015). 6,500 Smuggled Artefacts Are Back to Syria. Sputnik News. 28 December.

Cyprus seeks Lebanese expertise on seized treasures

(Cyprus; Lebanon)

Ya Libnan (2015). Cyprus seeks Lebanese expertise on seized treasures. Ya Libnan. 28 December.

Bylaw for antiquities, urban heritage and museums approved

(Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Gazette (2015). Bylaw for antiquities, urban heritage and museums approved. Saudi Gazette. 25 December.

Cypriot Authorities Found 18th Century Antiquities on Board an American Ship

(Cyprus; Lebanon)

Anastassios Adamopoulos (2015). Cypriot Authorities Found 18th Century Antiquities on Board an American Ship. Greek Reporter. 24 December.

Antiquities on board seized vessel 'not unique to Cyprus'

(Cyprus; Lebanon)

Andria Kades (2015). Antiquities on board seized vessel 'not unique to Cyprus'. Cyprus Mail. 24 December.

Treasure hunters seized in Limassol

(Cyprus; Lebanon)

Elias Hazou (2015). Treasure hunters seized in Limassol. Cyprus Mail. 24 December.

Syrian regime 'bombs UNESCO world heritage site'

(Syria)

Josie Ensor (2015). Syrian regime 'bombs UNESCO world heritage site'. Telegraph. 24 December.

Report suggests Daesh is smuggling antiquities through Lebanon

(Lebanon; Syria)

Albawaba (2015). Report suggests Daesh is smuggling antiquities through Lebanon. Albawaba. 23 December.

Ship with stolen artefacts docks at Limassol port

(Cyprus; Lebanon)

In Cyprus (2015). Ship with stolen artefacts docks at Limassol port. In Cyprus. 23 December.

My Great-grandfather, the Man Who Held the Key to the Aleppo Codex

(Israel; Syria)

Judy Maltz (2015). My Great-grandfather, the Man Who Held the Key to the Aleppo Codex. Haaretz. 22 December.

The Israeli Defense Minister Who Stole Antiquities

(Israel; Palestine)

Yael Gruenpeter (2015). The Israeli Defense Minister Who Stole Antiquities. Haaretz. 19 December.

US Artworks Delivered to Iran

(Iran; United States of America)

Associated Press (2015). US Artworks Delivered to Iran. The New York Times. 19 December.

Scientists work to save antiquities from Islamic State destruction

(Syria)

Earl Lane (2015). Scientists work to save antiquities from Islamic State destruction. Science. 18 December.

Bricks and mortar fire: Yemen's cultural heritage is in the crosshairs

(Yemen)

Bastien Varoutsikos (2015). Bricks and mortar fire: Yemen's cultural heritage is in the crosshairs. The Conversation. 17 December.

Israeli museum hopes to solve mystery of looted painting

(Israel)

Peter Beaumont (2015). Israeli museum hopes to solve mystery of looted painting. The Guardian. 16 December.

Knidos wants to regain its artifacts

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Knidos wants to regain its artifacts. Hurriyet Daily News. 16 December.

Hanukkah at the Arch of Titus

(Israel; Italy)

Steven Fine (2015). Hanukkah at the Arch of Titus. Yale University News. 15 December.

Artwork stolen by Nazis found… at Israeli museum

(Israel)

Sue Surkes (2015). Artwork stolen by Nazis found… at Israeli museum. The Times of Israel. 15 December.

Three stolen Egyptian Mameluk-era lamps recovered from London and Sharjah

(Egypt; United Kingdom; United Arab Emirates)

Nevine El-Aref (2015). Three stolen Egyptian Mameluk-era lamps recovered from London and Sharjah. Ahram Online. 14 December.

Heracles relief suffers damage

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Heracles relief suffers damage. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 December.

Syrian antiquities chief says Turkey refuses to return looted art

(Syria; Turkey)

Shadia Nasralla (2015). Syrian antiquities chief says Turkey refuses to return looted art. Reuters. 11 December.

Syrian woman faces 12 years in jail for 'smuggling ancient coins'

(Turkey; Sweden)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Syrian woman faces 12 years in jail for 'smuggling ancient coins'. Hurriyet Daily News. 9 December.

Misstanke: IS-stulen konst i Sverige

(Switzerland; Syria)

Suspicion: IS-stolen art in Sweden

Aftonbladet (2015). Misstanke: IS-stulen konst i Sverige. Aftonbladet. 6 December.

Isil antiques 'sold to western collectors' warns French finance minister

(Iraq; Syria; France)

David Chazan (2015). Isil antiques 'sold to western collectors' warns French finance minister. The Telegraph. 4 December.

The Real Value of the ISIS Antiquities Trade

(Iraq; Syria)

Ben Taub (2015). The Real Value of the ISIS Antiquities Trade. The New Yorker. 4 December.

The Breguet That Got Away: History's Greatest Watch Heist

(Israel; United States of America)

Rebekah Bell (2015). The Breguet That Got Away: History's Greatest Watch Heist. The Robb Report. 2 December.

Antiquities Chief: Syria Needs Global Help to Save Heritage

(Syria)

Kristin Romey (2015). Antiquities Chief: Syria Needs Global Help to Save Heritage. National Geographic. 1 December.

Cops bust antiquities dealer with over 3,000 ancient coins

(Israel)

Ilan Ben Zion (2015). Cops bust antiquities dealer with over 3,000 ancient coins. The Times of Israel. 26 November.

War, More Than ISIS, Is Destroying Syria's Ancient Sites

(Syria)

Andrew Lawler (2015). War, More Than ISIS, Is Destroying Syria's Ancient Sites. National Geographic. 25 November.

Artifacts stolen from Syria seized in eastern Turkey

(Turkey; Syria)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Artifacts stolen from Syria seized in eastern Turkey. Daily Sabah. 25 November.

Objects of historical interest seized in Tehran

(Iran)

ILNA (2015). Objects of historical interest seized in Tehran. Iran Front Page. 24 November.

Swiss return two ancient cuneiform tablets to Iraq

(Switzerland; Iraq)

Swiss Info (2015). Swiss return two ancient cuneiform tablets to Iraq. Swiss Info. 24 November.

Hamas Seizes Chest of Ancient Gold Coins Accidentally Discovered in Gaza

(Palestine)

David Daoud (2015). Hamas Seizes Chest of Ancient Gold Coins Accidentally Discovered in Gaza. The Algemeiner. 23 November.

Penalties for tampering with antiquities detailed

(Saudi Arabia)

Arab News (2015). Penalties for tampering with antiquities detailed. Arab News. 21 November.

Poet and Artist Ashraf Fayadh Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia

(Saudi Arabia)

Sarah Cascone (2015). Poet and Artist Ashraf Fayadh Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia. ArtNet News. 20 November.

Asylum for artefacts: Paris's plan to protect cultural treasures from terrorists

(France; Iraq; Syria)

Jonathan Jones (2015). Asylum for artefacts: Paris's plan to protect cultural treasures from terrorists. The Guardian. 20 November.

Why is Saudi Arabia destroying the cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina?

(Saudi Arabia)

Edek Osser (2015). Why is Saudi Arabia destroying the cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina?. The Art Newspaper. 19 November.

Louvre's director draws up 50-point plan in response to Isil's destruction

(France; Syria; Iraq)

Gareth Harris (2015). Louvre's director draws up 50-point plan in response to Isil's destruction. The Art Newspaper. 19 November.

The art detective fighting to save Syria's past

(Syria)

BBC News (2015). The art detective fighting to save Syria's past. BBC News. 11 November.

Illegal digs unearth mosaics

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Illegal digs unearth mosaics. Hurriyet Daily News. 9 November.

Here's what we know about Daesh's antiquities department

(Syria; Iraq)

Hayat Norimine (2015). Here's what we know about Daesh's antiquities department. Albawaba. 8 November.

Syrian Antiquities Chief Calls For Help From International Community

(Syria)

Sylvia Poggioli (2015). Syrian Antiquities Chief Calls For Help From International Community. NPR. 7 November.

Museums in Turkey, ministry fight back against forged artifacts

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2015). Museums in Turkey, ministry fight back against forged artifacts. Hurriyet Daily News. 7 November.

Artist Brian McCarty's Photographs Hijacked By ISIS

(United States of America; Iraq; Syria)

April Neale (2015). Artist Brian McCarty's Photographs Hijacked By ISIS. Monsters & Critics. 6 November.

Box fresh: Suha Traboulsi and Walid Raad's elegy to stolen art at Aïshti

(Lebanon)

TF Chan (2015). Box fresh: Suha Traboulsi and Walid Raad's elegy to stolen art at Aïshti. Wallpaper. 4 November.

Experts Believe Hobby Lobby Stole Biblical Antiquities From Iraq. Here's Why.

(United States of America; Iraq)

Beenish Ahmed (2015). Experts Believe Hobby Lobby Stole Biblical Antiquities From Iraq. Here's Why.. Think Progress. 4 November.

UK gives £3m to protect Iraq antiquities from IS terrorism

(United Kingdom; Iraq)

BBC News (2015). UK gives £3m to protect Iraq antiquities from IS terrorism. BBC News. 28 October.

2600 Jahre alte Weiheinschrift aus Babylon kehrt zurück in den Irak

(Iraq; Germany)

Consecration inscription form Babylon will return to Iraq

SPK (2015). 2600 Jahre alte Weiheinschrift aus Babylon kehrt zurück in den Irak. SPK. 28 October.

Gilded Bible seized in Tokat

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Gilded Bible seized in Tokat. Hurriyet Daily News. 27 October.

Building a Museum Shouldn't Violate Human Rights

(United Arab Emirates)

Michelle Chen (2015). Building a Museum Shouldn't Violate Human Rights. The Nation. 26 October.

El lucrativo negocio de la cultura ilegal

(Syria; Iraq)

The lucrative business of illegal culture

Günther Wessel (2015). El lucrativo negocio de la cultura ilegal. DW. 26 October.

Isil destroys Roman-era columns in Palmyra during execution

(Syria)

Louisa Loveluck (2015). Isil destroys Roman-era columns in Palmyra during execution. The Telegraph. 26 October.

The Islamic State isn't the only group looting Syrian archaeological sites

(Syria; Iraq)

Adam Taylor (2015). The Islamic State isn't the only group looting Syrian archaeological sites. The Washington Post. 21 October.

A Jailed Activist's 3-D Models Could Save Syria's History From ISIS

(Syria)

Andy Greenberg (2015). A Jailed Activist's 3-D Models Could Save Syria's History From ISIS. Wired. 21 October.

Lebanon, Italy team up to tackle illegal antiquities trade

(Lebanon; Italy)

Mat Nashed (2015). Lebanon, Italy team up to tackle illegal antiquities trade. The Daily Star. 21 October.

Treasure hunters destroying precious Thracian relics in Turkey

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Treasure hunters destroying precious Thracian relics in Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 21 October.

1600-year-old artifacts in Bodrum bay area looted

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). 1600-year-old artifacts in Bodrum bay area looted. Hurriyet Daily News. 20 October.

Meet the man out to save Gaza's antiquities

(Palestine)

Ahmad Abu Amer (2015). Meet the man out to save Gaza's antiquities. Palestine Pulse. 20 October.

Penn's Hanson Works to Protect Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq

(Iraq; Syria)

Michele Berger (2015). Penn's Hanson Works to Protect Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq. Penn News. 15 October.

Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey

(Turkey)

Cihan Kucuk (2015). Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey. Hyperallergic. 14 October.

Race against the raiders of Syrian antiquities

(Lebanon; Syria)

Chloé Domat (2015). Race against the raiders of Syrian antiquities. Middle East Eye. 14 October.

Customs officials foil attempt to smuggle rare manuscripts to Qatar

(Egypt; United Arab Emirates)

The Cairo Post (2015). Customs officials foil attempt to smuggle rare manuscripts to Qatar. The Cairo Post. 14 October.

A Terra-cotta Antiquity that Arrived at a Turkish Museum by Mail

(Turkey)

Cihan Kucuk (2015). A Terra-cotta Antiquity that Arrived at a Turkish Museum by Mail. Hyperallergic. 6 October.

Palmyra: Islamic State's demolition in the desert

(Syria)

Dominic Bailey (2015). Palmyra: Islamic State's demolition in the desert. BBC News. 5 October.

Ancient tombs in Fethiye cleaned after controversy

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Ancient tombs in Fethiye cleaned after controversy. Hurriyet Daily News. 5 October.

Getty seeks to preserve memory of Palmyra's Roman ruins through acquisition of rare photography collection

(Syria; United States of America)

Emily Sharpe (2015). Getty seeks to preserve memory of Palmyra's Roman ruins through acquisition of rare photography collection. The Art Newspaper. 2 October.

British archaeologist's 19th century engraving found on Turkey's Mount Ida

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). British archaeologist's 19th century engraving found on Turkey's Mount Ida. Hurriyet Daily News. 1 October.

Where Do ISIS-Looted Antiquities Go?

(Iraq; Syria)

Kathleen Caulderwood (2015). Where Do ISIS-Looted Antiquities Go?. Vice. 30 September.

Trevor Noah calls Isis 'capitalist hypocrites' for selling stolen artifacts to the US

(United States of America; Iraq; Syria)

Justin Carissimo (2015). Trevor Noah calls Isis 'capitalist hypocrites' for selling stolen artifacts to the US. The Independent. 30 September.

Iraqi historian claims 'Jewish mafia' behind antiquities theft in Middle East

(Iraq)

The Jerusalem Post (2015). Iraqi historian claims 'Jewish mafia' behind antiquities theft in Middle East. The Jerusalem Post. 30 September.

Uniting Against Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

(United States of America; Iraq; Syria)

United States Department of State (2015). Uniting Against Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria. United States Department of State. 30 September.

Turkey's Culture Ministry defends restoration at Aspendos

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Turkey's Culture Ministry defends restoration at Aspendos. Hurriyet Daily News. 30 September.

ISIS Raid Netted Stolen Treasure Trove of Ancient Artifacts

(Syria)

Christopher Dickey (2015). ISIS Raid Netted Stolen Treasure Trove of Ancient Artifacts. The Daily Beast. 30 September.

'Kitchen-grade' marble used in the restoration of ancient city of Aspendos

(Turkey)

BGN News (2015). 'Kitchen-grade' marble used in the restoration of ancient city of Aspendos. BGN News. 28 September.

Turkey major conduit for Syrian 'blood antiquities'

(Turkey; Syria)

Pinar Tremblay (2015). Turkey major conduit for Syrian 'blood antiquities'. Al Monitor. 25 September.

Geneva orders Roman relic returned to Turkey

(Switzerland; Turkey)

The Local (2015). Geneva orders Roman relic returned to Turkey. The Local. 23 September.

Legal settlement with Armenian church lets Getty Museum keep prized medieval Bible pages

(Armenia; United States of America)

Mike Boehm (2015). Legal settlement with Armenian church lets Getty Museum keep prized medieval Bible pages. Los Angeles Times. 21 September.

Three arrested for stealing artifacts

(Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Gazette (2015). Three arrested for stealing artifacts. Saudi Gazette. 16 September.

Mecca crane collapse: Saudi inquiry into Grand Mosque disaster

(Saudi Arabia)

BBC News (2015). Mecca crane collapse: Saudi inquiry into Grand Mosque disaster. BBC News. 12 September.

The religious and cultural heritage being ruined by Yemen's war

(Yemen)

N.P. (2015). The religious and cultural heritage being ruined by Yemen's war. The Economist. 9 September.

Antiquities robbers destroy 1,400-year-old church mosaic

(Israel)

Yori Yalon (2015). Antiquities robbers destroy 1,400-year-old church mosaic. Israel Hayom. 8 September.

Canada returns seized Phoenician artifact to Lebanon

(Lebanon; Canada)

Dean Beeby (2015). Canada returns seized Phoenician artifact to Lebanon. CBC. 5 September.

New Digital Archaeology Effort Attempts to Capture Cultural Heritage Before It's Gone

(General)

Jillian Steinhauer (2015). New Digital Archaeology Effort Attempts to Capture Cultural Heritage Before It's Gone. Hyperallergic. 4 September.

Artifact rescuer says world must protect antiquities

(Iraq; Syria)

Daniel Estrin (2015). Artifact rescuer says world must protect antiquities. The Times of Israel. 3 September.

Rare Sarcophagus Discovered at Ashkelon Building Site

(Israel)

Artuz Sheva (2015). Rare Sarcophagus Discovered at Ashkelon Building Site. Arutz Sheva. 3 September.

Police investigating suspicious east Jerusalem tunnel adjacent to Rockefeller Museum

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2015). Police investigating suspicious east Jerusalem tunnel adjacent to Rockefeller Museum. The Jerusalem Post. 1 September.

More than 3,000 artifacts seized in Istanbul raid

(Turkey)

Daily Sabah (2015). More than 3,000 artifacts seized in Istanbul raid. Daily Sabah. 1 September.

Dispute raises fears for one of world's most unique art museums

(Uzbekistan)

Isabel Gorst (2015). Dispute raises fears for one of world's most unique art museums. The Irish Times. 31 August.

Fincham: Syria will need the culture that ISIS hopes to destroy

(Syria)

Derek Fincham (2015). Fincham: Syria will need the culture that ISIS hopes to destroy. Houston Chronicle. 28 August.

Bull figure returns to Turkey

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Bull figure returns to Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 28 August.

Aristotle statue vandalized at ancient site

(Turkey)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Aristotle statue vandalized at ancient site. Hurriyet Daily News. 26 August.

Row as Uzbekistan art museum director sacked

(Uzbekistan)

Abdujalil Abdurasulov (2015). Row as Uzbekistan art museum director sacked. BBC News. 25 August.

Young Israeli Girl Breaks 2,000-year-old Vase, Museum Says Thanks

(Israel)

Nir Hasson (2015). Young Israeli Girl Breaks 2,000-year-old Vase, Museum Says Thanks. Haaretz. 25 August.

Why it's all right to be more horrified by the razing of Palmyra than mass murder

(Syria)

Julian Baggini (2015). Why it's all right to be more horrified by the razing of Palmyra than mass murder. The Guardian. 24 August.

Heritage group plans to return cultural assets to Afghanistan

(Japan; Afghanistan)

Yomiuri Shimbun (2015). Heritage group plans to return cultural assets to Afghanistan. The Japan News. 23 August.

Syria's antiquities: Why we must protect the region's ancient artifacts

(Syria)

Halil Sanismaz (2015). Syria's antiquities: Why we must protect the region's ancient artifacts. Daily Sabah. 21 August.

Mystery surrounds Iraqi statue's missing glass of wine

(Iraq)

Adnan Abu Zeed (2015). Mystery surrounds Iraqi statue's missing glass of wine. Al Monitor. 21 August.

Two Syrians detained for smuggling Ottoman era coins

(Turkey; Syria)

Hurriyet Daily News (2015). Two Syrians detained for smuggling Ottoman era coins. Hurriyet Daily News. 20 August.

Beheaded Syrian scholar refused to lead Isis to hidden Palmyra antiquities

(Syria)

Kareem Shaheen (2015). Beheaded Syrian scholar refused to lead Isis to hidden Palmyra antiquities. The Guardian. 19 August.

These Academics Are Outracing (and Outwitting) ISIS

(Syria; Iraq)

Danny Lewis (2015). These Academics Are Outracing (and Outwitting) ISIS. Smithsonian. 7 August.

Israeli Media: Leader of Far-Right Lehava Group Admits Support for Destroying Churches

(Israel)

Jack Moore (2015). Israeli Media: Leader of Far-Right Lehava Group Admits Support for Destroying Churches. Newsweek. 6 August.

World 13 Exclusive Photos Of Looted (And Fake) Syrian Artifacts For Sale

(Syria)

Mike Giglio (2015). World 13 Exclusive Photos Of Looted (And Fake) Syrian Artifacts For Sale. BuzzFeed. 5 August.

The Bizarre Tale of 'ISIS Book Club'

(Iraq; Syria)

Damaris Colhoun (2015). The Bizarre Tale of 'ISIS Book Club'. Atlas Obscura. 4 August.

Monuments Woman

(Iraq)

TCT Magazine (2015). Monuments Woman. TCT Magazine. 4 August.

Exclusive Video Shows Illicit Archaeological Dig In ISIS Stronghold

(Syria)

Mike Giglio (2015). Exclusive Video Shows Illicit Archaeological Dig In ISIS Stronghold. BuzzFeed. 3 August.

The antiquities thief who became one of Britain's richest men

(Israel; United Kingdom)

Ofer Aderet (2015). The antiquities thief who became one of Britain's richest men. Haaretz. 2 August.

Italy returns Iran's stolen antiques

(Iran; Italy)

Mehr News Agency (2015). Italy returns Iran's stolen antiques. Mehr News Agency. 1 August.

Looters find path to export antiquities via Lebanon

(Lebanon)

Al Monitor (2015). Looters find path to export antiquities via Lebanon. Al Monitor. 31 July.

Palestinian artist's work to go on display in London after Channel 4's Jon Snow smuggles it out of Gaza

(Palestine; United Kingdom)

Nick Clark (2015). Palestinian artist's work to go on display in London after Channel 4's Jon Snow smuggles it out of Gaza. The Independent. 31 July.

Inside the Underground Trade to Sell Off Syria's History

(Syria)

Mike Giglio (2015). Inside the Underground Trade to Sell Off Syria's History. BuzzFeed. 30 July.

Antiquities theft thwarted near Beit Shemesh in late night helicopter chase

(Israel)

Hayah Goldlist-Eichler (2015). Antiquities theft thwarted near Beit Shemesh in late night helicopter chase. The Jerusalem Post. 30 July.

Post Box public sculpture latest to be stolen in Tehran

(Iran)

Payvand News (2015). Post Box public sculpture latest to be stolen in Tehran. Radio Zamaneh. 24 July.

Artifact smuggling, recovery both on the rise

(Turkey)

Ahmet Topal (2015). Artifact smuggling, recovery both on the rise. Daily Sabah. 21 July.

'Chinese student held in Iraq not IS linked'

(Iraq)

IANS (2015). 'Chinese student held in Iraq not IS linked'. Business Standard. 20 July.

Ohio university grapples with case of missing mosaic

(United States of America; Turkey)

Jennifer Pinkowski (2015). Ohio university grapples with case of missing mosaic. Al Jazeera. 19 July.

US Returns Looted Artifacts to Iraq—But Are Some Fakes?

(Iraq; United States of America)

Alanna Martinez (2015). US Returns Looted Artifacts to Iraq—But Are Some Fakes?. Observer. 17 July.

Artifacts looted during the Iraq invasion turned up in the house of an Islamic State leader

(Iraq; United States of America)

Loveday Morris (2015). Artifacts looted during the Iraq invasion turned up in the house of an Islamic State leader. The Washington Post. 15 July.

U.S. delivers Iraqi antiquities seized in raid on Islamic State

(Iraq; Syria)

Saif Hameed (2015). U.S. delivers Iraqi antiquities seized in raid on Islamic State. Reuters. 15 July.

US Law Firm Files Lawsuit to Return Armenian Property in Incirlik Turkey

(Turkey)

Massis Post (2015). US Law Firm Files Lawsuit to Return Armenian Property in Incirlik Turkey. Massis Post. 14 July.

Turkish manuscripts returned from US

(Turkey; United States of America)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Turkish manuscripts returned from US. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 July.

Thief returns stolen Roman ballista stones

(Israel)

Ilan Ben Zion (2015). Thief returns stolen Roman ballista stones. The Times of Israel. 13 July.

Syria civil war: Bomb damages Aleppo's ancient citadel

(Syria)

BBC News (2015). Syria civil war: Bomb damages Aleppo's ancient citadel. BBC News. 12 July.

Police arrest Jewish suspects in arson at 'loaves and fishes' church

(Israel)

The Times of Israel (2015). Police arrest Jewish suspects in arson at 'loaves and fishes' church. The Times of Israel. 12 July.

Iraq celebrates return of antiquities, appeals for world help

(Iraq)

Dominic Evans (2015). Iraq celebrates return of antiquities, appeals for world help. Reuters. 8 July.

Father enlists 4 kids to unearth 'treasure' from Second Temple period protected by 'demon'

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2015). Father enlists 4 kids to unearth 'treasure' from Second Temple period protected by 'demon'. The Jerusalem Post. 8 July.

Israel cites boycotts, foreign relations in refusal to divulge West Bank archaeology info

(Israel)

Nir Hasson (2015). Israel cites boycotts, foreign relations in refusal to divulge West Bank archaeology info. Haaretz. 8 July.

UNESCO lists Yemen world heritage sites as endangered

(Yemen)

AFP (2015). UNESCO lists Yemen world heritage sites as endangered. Art Daily. 3 July.

Palmyra: looting under the rebels, the Assad regime and the Islamic State?

(Syria)

Sam Hardy (2015). Palmyra: looting under the rebels, the Assad regime and the Islamic State?. Conflict Antiquities. 3 July.

Looted in Syria – and sold in London: the British antiques shops dealing in artefacts smuggled by Isis

(United Kingdom; Syria)

Rachel Shabi (2015). Looted in Syria – and sold in London: the British antiques shops dealing in artefacts smuggled by Isis. The Guardian. 3 July.

Isis militants destroy 2,000-year-old statue of lion at Palmyra

(Syria)

AFP (2015). Isis militants destroy 2,000-year-old statue of lion at Palmyra. The Guardian. 2 July.

An impossible watch heist, now on display at Jerusalem museum

(Israel)

Ilene Prusher (2015). An impossible watch heist, now on display at Jerusalem museum. Haaretz. 1 July.

Yemeni Heritage, Saudi Vandalism

(Yemen)

Lamya Khalidi (2015). Yemeni Heritage, Saudi Vandalism. The New York Times. 26 June.

Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail

(Turkey)

Benjamin Sutton (2015). Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail. Hyperallergic. 25 June.

Stolen manuscripts returned to Turkey

(Turkey)

Hasan Ay (2015). Stolen manuscripts returned to Turkey. Daily Sabah. 25 June.

Another Treasure Lost in Iraq: The Story of Mar Behnam Monastery

(Iraq)

Christopher Jones (2015). Another Treasure Lost in Iraq: The Story of Mar Behnam Monastery. Hyperallergic. 23 June.

Iran, Syria sign security cooperation MoU

(Iran; Syria)

KUNA (2015). Iran, Syria sign security cooperation MoU. Kuwait News Agency. 22 June.

Ma'arra Mosaic Museum suffers massive destruction in barrel bomb attack by 'Syrian army helicopters'

(Syria)

Fiona Keating (2015). Ma'arra Mosaic Museum suffers massive destruction in barrel bomb attack by 'Syrian army helicopters'. International Business Times. 20 June.

العراق يسترد 663 قطعة أثرية مهربة لثلاث دول

(Iraq)

Iraq recovers 663 artefacts smuggled to three countries

Face Iraq (2015). العراق يسترد 663 قطعة أثرية مهربة لثلاث دول. Face Iraq. 18 June.

Fire damages landmark Christian site in Israel; arson suspected

(Israel)

Bathsheva Sobelman (2015). Fire damages landmark Christian site in Israel; arson suspected. Los Angeles Times. 18 June.

Yemen: the Unesco heritage slowly being destroyed

(Yemen)

Lizzie Porter (2015). Yemen: the Unesco heritage slowly being destroyed. The Telegraph. 16 June.

Arsonists torch storerooms with 4,000-year-old artifacts

(Israel)

Ilan Ben Zion (2015). Arsonists torch storerooms with 4,000-year-old artifacts. The Times of Israel. 16 June.

Historical carpet lost at museum

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2015). Historical carpet lost at museum. Hurriyet Daily News. 15 June.

Statue of Virgin Mary Restored to Syria's Maaloula

(Syria)

Almanar News (2015). Statue of Virgin Mary Restored to Syria's Maaloula. Almanar News. 14 June.

Explosion Destroys Ancient Cultural Heritage Site in Yemen Capital

(Yemen)

Rick Gladstone (2015). Explosion Destroys Ancient Cultural Heritage Site in Yemen Capital. The New York Times. 12 June.

Lebanon safeguards region's cultural heritage

(Lebanon)

Elise Knutson (2015). Lebanon safeguards region's cultural heritage. The Daily Star. 12 June.

Cyprus, Iraq sign agreement on bilateral political cooperation

(Iraq; Cyprus)

Famagusta Gazette (2015). Cyprus, Iraq sign agreement on bilateral political cooperation. Famagusta Gazette. 12 June.

Senators Attempt to Protect Stolen Jewish Artifacts in Iraq From ISIS

(United States of America; Iraq)

Suzanne Vega (2015). Senators Attempt to Protect Stolen Jewish Artifacts in Iraq From ISIS. JP Updates. 10 June.

'Cave of the Skulls' Robbers Get Prison Term in Israel

(Israel)

Tia Ghose (2015). 'Cave of the Skulls' Robbers Get Prison Term in Israel. Live Science. 9 June.

Digital Monuments Men wage online war against Islamic State looting

(United Kingdom; Iraq; Syria)

Ben Farmer (2015). Digital Monuments Men wage online war against Islamic State looting. The Telegraph. 6 June.

The world may be ignoring the destruction of cultural treasures in Yemen

(Yemen)

Adam Taylor (2015). The world may be ignoring the destruction of cultural treasures in Yemen. The Washington Post. 5 June.

British Museum 'guarding' object looted from Syria

(United Kingdom; Syria)

BBC News (2015). British Museum 'guarding' object looted from Syria. BBC News. 5 June.

Isis-looted treasures seized en route to Russia

(Syria; Finland; Russia)

YLE (2015). Isis-looted treasures seized en route to Russia. YLE. 5 June.

UN unable to stop IS relic-smuggling from Iraq and Syria

(Syria; Iraq)

James Reinl (2015). UN unable to stop IS relic-smuggling from Iraq and Syria. Middle East Eye. 4 June.

The secret way Islamic State makes its money

(Iraq; Syria)

Charis Chang (2015). The secret way Islamic State makes its money. news.com.au. 2 June.

Museums band together to watch for looted Iraqi artifacts

(Iraq)

Associated Press (2015). Museums band together to watch for looted Iraqi artifacts. Yahoo News. 1 June.

Mystery men hunt cultural past stolen by ISIL

(Iraq; Syria)

Jonathan Gornall (2015). Mystery men hunt cultural past stolen by ISIL. The National. 28 May.

ISIS Executes 20 Men In Palmyra's Ancient Amphitheater

(Syria)

Reuters (2015). ISIS Executes 20 Men In Palmyra's Ancient Amphitheater. Reuters. 27 May.

Yemeni War Leads to Massive Destruction of Cultural Heritage

(Yemen)

Laura C. Mallonee (2015). Yemeni War Leads to Massive Destruction of Cultural Heritage. Hyperallergic. 27 May.

Ancient items retrieved by Syrian authorities

(Syria)

Xinhua (2015). Ancient items retrieved by Syrian authorities. Xinhua. 26 May.

Turkey ruling Justice and Development Party nails giant election banner into Roman aqueduct

(Turkey)

AFP (2015). Turkey ruling Justice and Development Party nails giant election banner into Roman aqueduct. Art Daily. 26 May.

Egypt sues Israel to restore 126 smuggled artifacts

(Egypt; Israel)

Rany Mostafa (2015). Egypt sues Israel to restore 126 smuggled artifacts. The Cairo Post. 24 May.

Palmyra: Islamic State locks down ancient city's museum

(Syria)

BBC News (2015). Palmyra: Islamic State locks down ancient city's museum. BBC News. 23 May.

Ceremony held as stolen head of statue returned after 18 years

(Taiwan; China)

CCTV (2015). Ceremony held as stolen head of statue returned after 18 years. CCTV. 23 May.

Turkey: Armenian Church Sues for Lost Property

(Turkey)

Dorian Jones (2015). Turkey: Armenian Church Sues for Lost Property. Eurasia Net. 21 May.

FNC passes antiquities draft law

(United Arab Emirates)

Gulf News (2015). FNC passes antiquities draft law. Gulf News. 20 May.

Cops get a tip-off on artefact smuggling from Iraq cities under IS siege

(India; Iraq)

Rashmi Rajput (2015). Cops get a tip-off on artefact smuggling from Iraq cities under IS siege. The Indian Express. 19 May.

Cairo Declaration to protect Middle East cultural heritage

(Egypt)

Nevine El-Aref (2015). Cairo Declaration to protect Middle East cultural heritage. Ahram Online. 18 May.

Boy digs up 1,400-year old wine press in Jerusalem

(Israel)

Ruth Schuster (2015). Boy digs up 1,400-year old wine press in Jerusalem. Haaretz. 18 May.

We must save Palmyra or the maniacs will raze civilisation

(Syria; United Kingdom)

Boris Johnson (2015). We must save Palmyra or the maniacs will raze civilisation. The Telegraph. 17 May.

Hundreds of stolen Roman-era artifacts recovered in police raid in Turkey

(Turkey)

BGN News (2015). Hundreds of stolen Roman-era artifacts recovered in police raid in Turkey. BGN News. 17 May.

Antiquities draft law to be debated

(United Arab Emirates)

Samir Salama (2015). Antiquities draft law to be debated. Gulf News. 16 May.

Isis pulls back from Palmyra but fear of 'cultural atrocity' remains

(Syria)

Kareem Shaheen (2015). Isis pulls back from Palmyra but fear of 'cultural atrocity' remains. The Guardian. 15 May.

Illegal excavations damage ancient city

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2015). Illegal excavations damage ancient city. Hurriyet Daily News. 15 May.

ISIS Advance in Syria Endangers Ancient Ruins at Palmyra

(Syria)

Anne Barnard, Hwaida Saad (2015). ISIS Advance in Syria Endangers Ancient Ruins at Palmyra. The New York Times. 14 May.

Mosaics in Turkey's south were not 'botched,' says restorer

(Turkey)

Ömer Erbil (2015). Mosaics in Turkey's south were not 'botched,' says restorer. Hurriyet Daily News. 14 May.

Two antique idols seized in Tuticorin

(India; United Arab Emirates)

The Hindu (2015). Two antique idols seized in Tuticorin. The Hindu. 14 May.

Iraq says ISIS demolishes ruins to cover up looting operations

(Iraq)

Associated Press (2015). Iraq says ISIS demolishes ruins to cover up looting operations. Asharq Al-Aswat. 12 May.

Israeli Antiquities Squad Stops Wannabe' 'Tomb Raiders' at Ancient Roman Catacomb

(Israel)

Tazpit News Agency (2015). Israeli Antiquities Squad Stops Wannabe' 'Tomb Raiders' at Ancient Roman Catacomb. The Jewish Press. 10 May.

Syrian authorities seize 6,000 looted antiquities

(Syria; Lebanon)

Associated Press (2015). Syrian authorities seize 6,000 looted antiquities. The Times of Israel. 9 May.

Lebanon wages war on antiquities smuggling

(Lebanon)

India Stoughton (2015). Lebanon wages war on antiquities smuggling. The Daily Star. 8 May.

How Thieves Stole The Most Expensive Watch In The World: An Excerpt From Marie Antoinette's Watch

(Israel)

John Biggs (2015). How Thieves Stole The Most Expensive Watch In The World: An Excerpt From Marie Antoinette's Watch. Tech Crunch. 7 May.

Islamic State video shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud

(Iraq)

ABC Australia (2015). Islamic State video shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. ABC Australia. 12 April.

A Struggle to Secure Iraq's Shared Past, and Perhaps Its Future

(Iraq)

Michael Kimmelman (2015). A Struggle to Secure Iraq's Shared Past, and Perhaps Its Future. The New York Times. 9 April.

One perspective on the security threat of antiquities trafficking

(Iraq; Syria)

Erik Nemeth (2015). One perspective on the security threat of antiquities trafficking. The Hill. 7 April.

A War Zone's Ancient Past at Stake

(Iraq; Syria)

The New York Times (2015). A War Zone's Ancient Past at Stake. The New York Times. 5 April.

Watch: Historic Jewish text from Prague stolen years ago found in Israel

(Israel; Czech Republic)

Jerusalem Post (2015). Watch: Historic Jewish text from Prague stolen years ago found in Israel. The Jerusalem Post. 4 April.

At Jordan site, drone offers glimpse of antiquities looting

(Jordan)

Sammy McNeil (2015). At Jordan site, drone offers glimpse of antiquities looting. Houston Chronicle. 3 April.

Use Force to Stop ISIS' Destruction of Art and History

(Iraq; Syria)

Hugh Eakin (2015). Use Force to Stop ISIS' Destruction of Art and History. The New York Times. 3 April.

Three arrested for defrauding man out of JD200,000 for fake artefacts

(Jordan)

Rana Husseini (2015). Three arrested for defrauding man out of JD200,000 for fake artefacts. The Jordan Times. 1 April.

Egyptian Artifacts Salvaged from Robbed Tomb in Israel

(Israel)

Megan Gannon (2015). Egyptian Artifacts Salvaged from Robbed Tomb in Israel. Live Science. 1 April.

In Syria, National Museum of Damascus races to save antiquities from looting, damage

(Syria)

Sammy Ketz (2015). In Syria, National Museum of Damascus races to save antiquities from looting, damage. Art Daily. 30 March.

Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities

(Iraq; Syria)

Tom Mashberg (2015). Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities. The New York Times. 30 March.

UN vows to step up Iraq heritage protection

(Iraq)

AFP (2015). UN vows to step up Iraq heritage protection. Yahoo News. 28 March.

Man arrested for attempting to loot antiquities from northern underground cave

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2015). Man arrested for attempting to loot antiquities from northern underground cave. The Jerusalem Post. 26 March.

ISIS 'selling' stolen Iraqi artifacts to Europe buyers: Iraqi Deputy Minister

(Iraq)

Anadolu Agency (2015). ISIS 'selling' stolen Iraqi artifacts to Europe buyers: Iraqi Deputy Minister. Daily Sabah. 25 March.

Sign me up to fight Islamic State's demolition of the past

(United Kingdom; Iraq; Syria)

Boris Johnson (2015). Sign me up to fight Islamic State's demolition of the past. The Telegraph. 15 March.

Rare objects stolen from Fontainebleau palace's Chinese museum

(France; China)

Sybille de La Hamaide (2015). Rare objects stolen from Fontainebleau palace's Chinese museum. Reuters. 1 March.

Iran Offers Safe Haven For Iraq's Endangered Artifacts

(Iran; Iraq)

Radio Zamaneh (2015). Iran Offers Safe Haven For Iraq's Endangered Artifacts. Eurasia Review. 1 March.

U.N. sets sights on Syria antiquities, Islamic State oil, ransoms

(Syria)

Louis Charbonneau Michelle Nichols (2015). U.N. sets sights on Syria antiquities, Islamic State oil, ransoms. Reuters. 6 February.

Iraq: 'Bidders vie' for Saddam Hussein execution rope

(Iraq)

BBC News (2015). Iraq: 'Bidders vie' for Saddam Hussein execution rope. BBC News. 4 February.

Authorities seize ancient Hebrew book written on deer skin

(Turkey; Syria)

BGN News (2015). Authorities seize ancient Hebrew book written on deer skin. BGN News. 3 February.

Tomb raiders arrested in Ashkelon National Park for looting, damaging ancient site

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2015). Tomb raiders arrested in Ashkelon National Park for looting, damaging ancient site. The Jerusalem Post. 1 February.

UN Attempt to Save Jewish Sites from ISIS -Too Little Too Late?

(Syria; Iraq)

Lyn Julius (2014). UN Attempt to Save Jewish Sites from ISIS -Too Little Too Late?. Arutz Sheva. 7 December.

Antiquities Thieves Caught Red-Handed in Judean Desert Caves

(Israel)

Hillel Fendel (2014). Antiquities Thieves Caught Red-Handed in Judean Desert Caves. Arutz Sheva. 7 December.

UNESCO chief calls for 'protected cultural zones' in war-torn Iraq, Syria

(Syria; Iraq)

UN News Agency (2014). UNESCO chief calls for 'protected cultural zones' in war-torn Iraq, Syria. UN News Agency. 4 December.

Ancient Kyrgyz Jewelry Sold At Auction Not Officially Exported

(Kyrgyzstan; United Kingdom)

Radio Free Europe (2014). Ancient Kyrgyz Jewelry Sold At Auction Not Officially Exported. Radio Free Europe. 4 December.

Antiquities seized in Rusaifa

(Jordan)

YK (2014). Antiquities seized in Rusaifa. Petra. 2 December.

Iraq preps exhibition of its looted modern art

(Iraq)

Afrah Shawqi (2014). Iraq preps exhibition of its looted modern art. Albawaba. 30 November.

German Media Corroborates $36M Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking

(Iraq; Syria)

Sam Hardy (2014). German Media Corroborates $36M Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking. Hyperallergic. 28 November.

Abdelkarim: Contents of Syrian museums are in good condition

(Syria)

Syria Online (2014). Abdelkarim: Contents of Syrian museums are in good condition. Syria Online. 24 November.

Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past

(Syria)

Andrew Curry (2014). Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past. National Geographic. 3 September.

Islamic State makes millions from stolen antiquities

(Syria)

Cem Erciyes (2014). Islamic State makes millions from stolen antiquities. Al Monitor. 2 September.

Is ISIS Bankrolling Terrorist Activities with Stolen Antiquities?

(Syria; Iraq)

ArtNet News (2014). Is ISIS Bankrolling Terrorist Activities with Stolen Antiquities?. ArtNet News. 2 September.

ISIS' Antiquities Sideline

(Syria; Iraq)

Amr Al-Azm (2014). ISIS' Antiquities Sideline. The New York Times. 2 September.

Raider of the lost art: Afghan saves nat'l treasures

(Afghanistan)

Helen Flores (2014). Raider of the lost art: Afghan saves nat'l treasures. PhilStar. 1 September.

Red Army Flags Stolen By Assailant At Bishkek Museum

(Kyrgyzstan)

Radio Free Europe (2014). Red Army Flags Stolen By Assailant At Bishkek Museum. Radio Free Europe. 1 September.

Syria warns rebels' bid to target Aleppo's ancient citadel

(Syria)

Shanghai Daily (2014). Syria warns rebels' bid to target Aleppo's ancient citadel. Shanghai Daily. 8 August.

FBI Returns Ancient Sculptures to Turkey

(Turkey)

FBI (2014). FBI Returns Ancient Sculptures to Turkey. FBI. 6 August.

Officials deny prison escape in Socotra

(Yemen)

Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (2014). Officials deny prison escape in Socotra. Yemen Times. 6 August.

The Quest to Save Syria's History

(Syria)

Kartin Elger (2014). The Quest to Save Syria's History. Spiegel Online. 4 August.

5 haredim arrested for blocking Jerusalem excavation site

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2014). 5 haredim arrested for blocking Jerusalem excavation site. The Jerusalem Post. 3 August.

Bounty and bullets: ISIS targets Iraq's artifacts

(Iraq)

Judit Neurink (2014). Bounty and bullets: ISIS targets Iraq's artifacts. DW. 11 July.

Fears grow for safety of Iraq's cultural heritage under ISIS

(Iraq)

Eleanor Robson (2014). Fears grow for safety of Iraq's cultural heritage under ISIS. The Conversation. 10 July.

The Plight Of Mosul's Museum: Iraqi Antiquities At Risk Of Ruin

(Iraq)

NPR (2014). The Plight Of Mosul's Museum: Iraqi Antiquities At Risk Of Ruin. NPR. 9 July.

Works start to find missing pieces in area of illegal excavation

(Turkey)

Anadolu Agency (2014). Works start to find missing pieces in area of illegal excavation. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 July.

ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq

(Iraq)

Christopher Dickey (2014). ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq. The Daily Beast. 7 July.

Traditional Heritage House in Sana'a plundered as Yemeni heritage comes under increasing threat

(Yemen)

Amal Al-Yarisi (2014). Traditional Heritage House in Sana'a plundered as Yemeni heritage comes under increasing threat. Yemen Times. 5 June.

London's Victoria and Albert Museum willing to lend Eros head to Istanbul

(Turkey; United Kingdom)

Hurriyet Daily News (2014). London's Victoria and Albert Museum willing to lend Eros head to Istanbul. Hurriyet Daily News. 5 May.

It's time to stop destruction of Middle East heritage

(Syria; Lybia; Egypt)

Iason Athanasiadis (2014). It's time to stop destruction of Middle East heritage. Al Jazeera. 5 May.

Syrian government says Maaloula's sites sacked by rebels

(Syria)

Al Monitor (2014). Syrian government says Maaloula's sites sacked by rebels. Al Monitor. 5 May.

Syria's past is being obliterated

(Syria; Lebanon)

Journal Pioneer (2014). Syria's past is being obliterated. Journal Pioneer. 4 May.

Treasure hunters destroy tomb

(Turkey)

Doğan News Agency (2014). Treasure hunters destroy tomb. Hurriyet Daily News. 4 May.

Overcoming looting and years of war, Iraq Museum moves to reopen

(Iraq)

Jane Arraf (2014). Overcoming looting and years of war, Iraq Museum moves to reopen. The Christian Science Monitor. 11 April.

Drones: Archaeology's Newest Tool to Combat Looting

(Jordan)

Paul Salopek (2014). Drones: Archaeology's Newest Tool to Combat Looting. National Geographic. 11 April.

Should ancient bones be up for sale? Shoppers in Dubai say yes!

(United Arab Emirates)

Laurie Balbo (2014). Should ancient bones be up for sale? Shoppers in Dubai say yes!. Green Prophet. 10 April.

What happened to Gaza's Apollo statue?

(Palestine)

Lena Odgaard (2014). What happened to Gaza's Apollo statue?. Al Jazeera. 8 April.

Police confiscate ancient coffins from tomb raiders in Jerusalem

(Israel)

Daniel K. Eisenbud (2014). Police confiscate ancient coffins from tomb raiders in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post. 31 March.

Sudan denies selling artifacts to Qatar

(Sudan; United Arab Emirates)

APA (2014). Sudan denies selling artifacts to Qatar. Star Africa. 30 March.

Authorities confiscate antiquities stolen from several sites archeological

(Syria)

Syrian Radio (2014). Authorities confiscate antiquities stolen from several sites archeological. Syrian Radio. 27 March.

Institutions should moderate their rule on looted objects

(Syria; Iraq)

Stephanie Dalley (2014). Institutions should moderate their rule on looted objects. The National. 25 March.

Whereabouts and future of Gaza Apollo still unclear

(Palestine)

Haaretz (2014). Whereabouts and future of Gaza Apollo still unclear. Haaretz. 21 March.

Leiden Researchers Robbed of Syrian Artifacts

(Syria; Netherlands)

Maxime Zech (2014). Leiden Researchers Robbed of Syrian Artifacts. NL Times. 11 March.

Authorities Confiscate Stolen Archaeological Artifacts in Palmyra

(Syria)

FNA (2014). Authorities Confiscate Stolen Archaeological Artifacts in Palmyra. Fars News Agencys. 10 March.

Among the Wounded in Syria's War: Ancient History

(Syria)

Alissa J. Rubin (2014). Among the Wounded in Syria's War: Ancient History. The New York Times. 7 March.

Christie's removes stolen Nepal artworks

(Nepal; United States of America)

Kunda Dixit (2013). Christie's removes stolen Nepal artworks. Nepali Times. 22 March.

Seeking Return of Art, Turkey Jolts Museums

(Turkey; United States of America)

Dan Bilefsky (2012). Seeking Return of Art, Turkey Jolts Museums. The New York Times. 30 September.

Trade in stolen Iraqi treasures 'fuels al-Qaida'

(Iraq)

Helena Smith (2008). Trade in stolen Iraqi treasures 'fuels al-Qaida'. The Guardian. 19 March.

Will "Blind Edip" Sing?

(Switzerland; Germany; Turkey)

Ozgen Acar (2001). Will "Blind Edip" Sing?. Archaeology. 1 January.

The Past in Peril: Buying, Selling, Stealing History

(United States of America; Turkey; Italy)

Mike Toner (1999). The Past in Peril: Buying, Selling, Stealing History. Atlanta Journal Constitution. 19 September.

Turkey wins back ancient coins from American millionaire

(Turkey; Germany; United States of America)

Associated Press (1999). Turkey wins back ancient coins from American millionaire. Associated Press. 4 March.

The Case Of the Contested Coins: A Modern-Day Battle Over Ancient Objects

(Turkey; Germany; United States of America)

Barry Meier (1998). The Case Of the Contested Coins: A Modern-Day Battle Over Ancient Objects. The New York Times. 24 September.

Turkish jubilation over recovery of ancient sarcophagus; Smuggled treasure is coming home

(Turkey; United States of America)

Hugh Pope (1994). Turkish jubilation over recovery of ancient sarcophagus; Smuggled treasure is coming home. The Independent. 27 April.

Turks Haul Millionaire Into Court for Ancient Silver

(Turkey; Germany; United States of America)

Anne Thompson (1994). Turks Haul Millionaire Into Court for Ancient Silver. Associated Press. 23 February.

Talking Turkey; Who owns the treasures of antiquity?

(Turkey; United States of America)

Geraldine Norman (1993). Talking Turkey; Who owns the treasures of antiquity?. The Independent. 13 June.