Stolen artifacts, ISIS money and a New Orleanian on the case

29 Oct 2015 3:21 PM | Anonymous

Stolen artifacts, ISIS money and a New Orleanian on the case

Jed Lipinski, | The Times-Picayune By Jed Lipinski, | The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune

Over the past decade, New Orleans resident Tess Davis has spent a good part of her time in the mountains and jungles of Cambodia, researching historic sites plundered by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. Partly as a result of her efforts, six 1,000-year-old statues were recently repatriated from auction houses and museums in the United States, marking a major victory for the southeast Asian country's cultural heritage.  

Davis, a 33-year-old lawyer and trained archaeologist, is one of a handful of world specialists in "blood antiquities," stolen art and artifacts that terrorist organizations sell to fund their campaigns of death and destruction. Now, she is using her experience in Cambodia to target the latest practitioner of large-scale antiquities trafficking: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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