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Conflict Antiquities: A Terrorist Financing Risk


The United States remains the world’s largest single market for arts and antiquities. It also remains highly unregulated — thus dangerously susceptible to trafficking, money laundering, and even terrorist financing. The money made from the sale of looted antiquities can fund a terror organization or terror attack 10 times over, which doesn’t begin to convey the cost of damage done to the history, people, and culture of the looted areas.

See how conflict antiquities are financing terrorist activity.

To learn more, read our blog post here.


Culture in Conflict: Where can ISIS get $1 million

Terror groups such as Daesh/ISIS are funding their destruction through the looting and trafficking of antiquities — and fetching a high price for them.

Learn how one artifact can pay for thousands of weapons and ammunition.

To learn more, read our blog post here.


More than Just Digging: Daesh Looting an Institutionalized Process

Daesh has created its own Department of Antiquities within the Diwan Al Rikaz (Office of Resources), and uses it to distribute permits for excavation and looting in lands they control.

Our infographic explains how Daesh has turned looting into an institutionalized process.

To learn more, read our blog post here.


Buyer Beware: Checklist for the Travel Souvenir Shopper

Looted antiquities don’t always end up on the high-end art market—sometimes they are peddled to tourists looking to bring home a souvenir.

Here are eight things to look for when buying an antiquity to make sure it’s not stolen property.

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How Databases #Combatlooting

Databases hold the key to combat all stages of antiquities looting and trafficking. These include theft, transport, laundering, and the final sale of looted works.

Databases give authorities a way to identify pieces, so they can be on the lookout for the looted antiquities, eliminating the payout for looters.

Learn how databases are combating looting.

The Antiquities Coalition is proud to be a part of the Digital Library of the Middle East, for more information on this project, visit their website.


Cultural Heritage Law Matrix of the Middle East

Cultural heritage law can vary country by country.

This infographic provides an overview of relevant laws for countries that require minimum jail time and fines for trafficking looted goods.


Bilateral Agreements: Diplomatic Tools for Preserving Our Shared History

Cultural property agreements (CPAs) between the United States and foreign governments are important tools to combat cultural racketeering. Under U.S. and international law, the United States can join CPAs to prevent looted and stolen antiquities and artifacts from entering the American art market, fighting the illicit trade while allowing the legal trade to continue and even thrive.

Learn how this diplomatic tool can preserve our shared history.

Read our FAQ on these agreements.