‘Broken System’ Allows ISIS to Profit From Looted Antiquities

11 Jan 2016 9:15 AM | Anonymous

‘Broken System’ Allows ISIS to Profit From Looted Antiquities

By Steven Lee Myers and Nicholas Kulish

Saturday, 9 Jan 2016 | 10:54 AM ETThe New York Times

SHUMEN, Bulgaria — Acting on a tip, the police raided four homes in eastern Bulgaria, looking for contraband that regularly traverses this country on the way to markets in Western Europe and America. In one rusting shed behind an apartment block here, they found a cache of looted antiquities: 19 classical statues and fragments of marble or limestone.

Among them was a square tablet depicting a procession. If genuine, its style would make it neither Roman nor Greek, like the rest, but even older, dating back nearly 5,000 years. Its appearance suggested it came from the ancient Sumerian city of Lagash, in what is today southern Iraq