More than five years after the fall of the Taliban regime, the plundering of Afghanistan’s archaeological sites and museums not only continues but has evolved into a sophisticated trade that could be financing the country’s warlords and insurgents, experts say.
The International Council of Museums, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, on Friday published a “red list” of Afghan antiquities at risk, urging collectors, dealers and museums to be vigilant when they come across objects that might have been stolen.
The list includes pottery and statuettes from the 3rd millennium B.C., golden reliquaries from the 1st century and Islamic panels from the 13th century.[...]
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