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23 arrested in Chinese smuggling ring

Police in China have arrested 23 individuals, busting up a major relic smuggling ring in the process. Police said the treasures were stolen and smuggled by gang members from Hubei to traders and collectors across the country. Among them, eight artifacts are under China's class-one relic protection. The two most precious items

18th century smuggler’s tunnel unearthed in Hastings

Sewer workers in Hastings, England, have stumbled across a smuggler's tunnel which dates back to the 1700s. Work was immediately stopped and experts from Archaeology South-East were called in and confirmed the find was likely to be a smugglers’ tunnel built in the early 18th Century and used to smuggle goods

200 ancient artifacts recovered in Yemen

Since the beginning of the year, about 200 smuggled and stolen artifacts have been recovered in Yemen. Most of the antiquities were held by the security authorities in the Sana'a International Airport. Six suspects, all are Yemenis, are being appeared in courts in connection to smuggling antiquities, according to the source. The recovered

Idol smugglers arrested in India

Four members of an artifact smuggling gang have been arrested in India. The arrests took place in Kushinagar in Kaushambhi district, about 300 km from Lucknow. “Acting on a tip-off, we arrested them in Kokhraj locality with 13 ancient ashtadhatu (eight-metal) idols of Lord Rama, Buddha and Krishna,” district police chief R.K.