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VIRTUAL - Blood Antiquities: Tomb Raiders, Art Smugglers, and the Black Market in Cultural Treasures
November 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
Lecturer: Tess Davis
As long as there have been tombs, there have been tomb raiders. However, in the modern world, this destruction is taking place on a scale never before seen in history, driven by a multi-billion dollar demand for art and antiquities. Nor are the looters the only ones to profit: by purchasing a Maya vase, Cambodian statue, or cuneiform tablet, collectors may be unknowingly putting money into the pockets of drug cartels, jungle rebels, or even terrorists. Join Tess Davis and explore the cultural racketeering crisis, as well as how governments, law enforcement, and regular citizens are fighting back.