Saturday, February 28, 2015

Islamic State is Selling Looted Syrian Art in London to Fund its Fight

By Daniela Deane
Syria is home to many ancient ruins, including the Temple of Bel on the site of ancient Palmyra. Many archaeological sites have suffered damage amid civil war as well as looting by the Islamic State. (AP)
UNITED KINGDOM---Almost 100 Syrian artifacts looted by the Islamic State have been smuggled into Britain and sold to raise money for the extremist group’s activities, art crime experts and archaeologists have warned, according to British news organizations. The items, allegedly being sold in London, include gold and silver Byzantine coins as well as Roman pottery and glass worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Times newspaper reported Wednesday. [link]