Story Maps

The Long Journey Home: Story Maps of Cultural Racketeering

Ever wonder how invaluable looted artifacts travel unimpeded across international borders? A new online mapping project by the Antiquities Coalition allows you to follow the money the criminals and the art.

These fully immersive timelines combine expert accounts striking visuals court records and personalized details. And for the first time Esri software—the most powerful mapping and spatial data technology available—is being used to narrate these tales of cultural racketeering all with the simple scroll of a mouse.

Like a Bull in an Art Museum

Looted during the Lebanese Civil War, the Sidon Bull’s Head mysteriously found itself at the Met in New York. Without warning, sirens and flashing lights surround the museum. What happens? Follow the story map to find out.

The Sidon Bull’s head a 2300-year-old sculpture was looted during Lebanon’s civil war of the 1980s and mysteriously ended up at New York’s renowned Metropolitan Museum. After decades on the black market passing from a Swiss tax-haven to a hedge fund billionaire what happened to the Sidon Bull’s head? Follow the Antiquities Coalition’s first story map to find out.

To explore the full story map, click here.

The Pilfered Persian

After surviving Alexander the Great’s conquest in place, a limestone relief of a Persian soldier vanished into the criminal underworld during a 1930s excavation. Then, decades later, the fragment that once guarded proud Persepolis crashed a high-end art fair in a tangle of disrepute. What happened to the regal piece? From suspect dealers to a secret stash and second robbery, discover the journey with the new Antiquities Coalition story map.

To explore the full story map, click here.