Cambodia lauds American prosecution team for return of antiquities

The American federal prosecution team responsible for sparking a wave of repatriation of Cambodian antiquities from American universities were honoured recently by the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia.

Tomb Raiders and Returns: Recovering Cambodian Antiquities and Our Collective Culture
Huffington Post, 23 May 2014

Thankfully, governments, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders — such as the D.C.-based Antiquities Coalition — are coming come together to help fight what might be a 6 billion a year illicit industry, which spreads from Egypt to Syria, to Cambodia and beyond.

By agreeing to repatriate stolen antiquities to Cambodia, institutions are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to right past wrongs and help set the moral standard for the entire field. This is but a first step in what should be a global multi-stakeholder effort to curb the trade in illicit antiquities.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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