The “Broken System” That Allows Antiquities Trafficking

In Part I, we recapped the details of the Nancy Wiener case so far. Part II offers an overview of the legitimate and illicit art markets, and the difficulty of separating the two when it comes to the sale and purchase of antiquities.

Mapping MOUs: An Interactive View Of Heritage Protections In Action

Bilateral agreements, or memoranda of understanding (MOUs), between demand (“market”) countries and supply (“source”) countries are an effective tool in discouraging the illicit trade in antiquities. This is especially important for countries whose cultural heritage is at risk (or may soon be at risk) from armed conflict or violent extremist organizations.

Getting Dirty with Sam Hardy

Sam Hardy is a specialist in the trade in illicit antiquities and the destruction of community and cultural property. You can learn more about him here.

Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict

Law enforcement agents, lawyers, and archaeologists have warned that cultural heritage is being used as a terrorist financing tool and weapon of war throughout Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. […]

The AC Digs Into: The Sidon Bull’s Head

New York City is reeling from a ongoing legal battle over an ancient bull’s head—believed to have been looted by armed insurgents during the Lebanese Civil War—only to end up at the height of the Manhattan art world. To get a better understanding of the latest developments, we’re here with attorney Leila Amineddoleh.