Helping to return Cambodia’s treasures

Tess Davis. Source: Boston University 20140616

Tess Davis writes about her work in facilitating the return of Cambodia’s many looted treasures.

Tess Davis. Source: Boston University 20140616
Tess Davis. Source: Boston University 20140616

Retuning Duryodhana
Boston University, 16 June 2014

Archaeologist Tess Davis spent 10 years documenting the plunder of Cambodia’s ancient temples and working for the return of the country’s looted antiquities. Earlier this month, her efforts and those of colleagues around the world paid off when two auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif., returned to Cambodia statues taken from a 10th-century Khmer sanctuary known as Prasat Chen at Koh Ker, a remote archaeological site in northern Cambodia. In the following story, Davis (CAS’04) reports on that milestone and on the struggle of cultural heritage advocates around the world to halt the lucrative trade in looted 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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