Looting of Libyan treasure highlights illicit antiquities trade

12 Nov 2011 1:53 PM | Anonymous

Looting of Libyan treasure highlights illicit antiquities trade

By Laura Allsop, CNN
updated 1:11 PM EST, Fri November 11, 2011

London (CNN) -- The looting of a large collection of priceless coins, statues and jewelry from a bank vault during Libya's recent civil war has highlighted the risk of looting during times of conflict.

Interpol is hunting for the hoard of Roman and Hellenistic objects -- dubbed the "Benghazi Treasure" --stolen from the city's Commercial Bank in May 2011.

But the theft is not an isolated incident.

According to UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture Francesco Bandarin, the looting of antiquities and archaeological sites occurs regularly during times of conflict and even during peacetime.


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