The Koh Ker Ganesha, a 1000-year-old Cambodian masterpiece, vanished during the kingdom’s decades of bloody civil war. Has this long lost cultural treasure now been found?
Yemen’s years of crisis and civil war have made the country’s rich archaeological sites and museums dangerously vulnerable to criminals. Sometime between 2009 and 2011, thieves ripped an alabaster inscription from the floor of Awan Temple, also known as the “Sanctuary of the Queen of Sheba.” The piece then disappeared into the black market, traveling through hidden channels, before surfacing at a European auction house. There, it was sold to an unknown buyer, and vanished from the public eye once more.
But where is the inscription now? Still missing, this artifact is just one example of many looted antiquities from Yemen that have yet to make the long journey home. You can follow its journey with the Antiquities Coalition’s immersive Story Map here.