Dozens of Stone Age statues stolen in Sulawesi

Published on August 11th, 2009 | by Admin

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At least 60 ancient statues, dating back to the Stone Age, have been found missing in Sulawesi.

Poso Regent  Piet Inkiriwang said Tuesday the ancient statues may have been stolen during the prolonged sectarian conflict that occurred from 1998 to 2006, and then sold to foreign collectors in Europe and the US.

Hendrik Tauro, head of the regency’s education, culture and tourism agency, said there were roughly 1,000 Megalithic statues scattered about the districts of Lore Utara, Lore Timur, Lore Selatan, Lore Barat, Lore Tengah and Lore Teore, which borders Donggala regency.

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