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Stolen Olmec carving recovered in France

A 3,000-year-old Olmec carving which was stolen from Mexico more than 40 years ago has been recovered in Paris, France. The Olmec carving dating to around 900 B.C. had been chipped off the rock face sometime between the arrival of an archaeological team in 1968 and 1972, when the team returned

Teens arrested for pocketing Auschwitz artifacts

Two British teenagers on a school trip to Auschwitz have been arrested for pocketing artifacts from the Nazi death camp. Guards said they had noticed the two 17-year-olds acting suspiciously on Monday near a building where Nazi guards had kept prisoners' confiscated belongings. When they were searched it was found they

Wall relief hacked out of 3,850 year-old Egyptian tomb

A colourful wall fragment has been illegal hacked out of an ancient Egyptian tomb. The fragment in question measures 30 by 50 centimeters (12 by 20 inches.) The archaeology mission, currently carrying out excavations where the tomb is located, has posted photos of the wall and the fragment before and after

4,000-year-old burial mounds destroyed by looters in Denmark

Police are investigating the damage done to four ancient burials sites in Denmark that date back 4,000 years. Lars Bjarke Christensen, an archaeologist from the Culture Ministry, is gutted over the theft and the loss of Danish history. ”It's a disaster. The grave robbers have ruined part of Denmark's history,” Christensen told

Satellites used to identify “hot spots” of organized looting in Egypt

Researchers are using satellite imagery to identify hot spots of organized looting activity in Egypt. The closest comparison is Swiss cheese: holes in vast swaths of land where looters, armed with machine guns and bulldozers, take to ancient archaeological sites in search of loot. To the untrained eye, these holes, visible

5,000-year-old rock art destroyed by thieves

Thieves have destroyed a 5,000-year-old UNESCO-listed rock-art panel in Spain after a botched removal attempt. Local mayor Juan Caminero said the painting was now "irreparable" and condemned the act of vandalism as "heartless", Spanish daily La Vanguardia reported on Monday. News of the attempted theft first emerged on Saturday after visitors to

Statues stolen from Sudan museum

Three statues dating back to 450 B.C. have been stolen from a museum in northern Sudan. Their disappearance underscores the lack of protection afforded Sudan's rich but under-developed archaeological heritage. "They are small statues, about 10-15cm high but it's very significant because the Napatan kingdom is one of the important periods in

Teenager caught stealing brick from Colosseum

A Canadian teenager has been caught trying to steal a brick from Rome's Colosseum. The 15-year-old reportedly wanted to take a “unique” souvenir home from one of the world’s most famous ancient sites, Italian daily Il Messaggero reported. During a school trip the girl broke away a brick from the Colosseum, likely