Missing artefacts back on display in Beirut after decades


Ancient sculptures, after being stolen during Lebanon’s civil war, are on display again thanks to a global effort to stop antiquities smuggling during the war in Iraq and Syria.

The ancient sculpture

The ancient sculpture “Bull’s Head” is displayed at the Lebanese National museum during a ceremony celebrating the return of three ancient sculptures from the United States, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, February 2, 2018. (AP)

Ancient sculptures that were missing for decades after being stolen during Lebanon’s civil war are on display in Beirut once again.

This is thanks to a global fight against antiquities smuggling, a problem that has increased over the past 15 years since the invasion of Iraq, and the war in Syria.

As TRT World’s Francis Collings reports, five marble statues were among a haul of hundreds that Lebanese militiamen took from a storehouse in the early 1980s.


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