MONGOLIA: how looting threatens to erase Mongolia’s history

It’s a sunny, late summer day in northern Mongolia’s Darkhad Basin – a large glacial lake basin nestled against the country’s Russian border. To the south stretch the grasslands of the Eastern Eurasian Steppe; to the north, the Siberian boreal forest. We stand – almost precisely – at the place they meet, at the forest’s…

FRANCE / Nîmes: Coup d’arrêt à un trafic de pièces archéologiques

Les enquêteurs de la brigade de recherches de Nîmes ont mis à jour un trafic présumé d’objets gallo-romains et médiévaux, revendus sur Internet. La perquisition menée aux domiciles de plusieurs personnes a permis la saisie de nombreuses pièces archéologiques, ainsi que deux détecteurs de métaux utilisés pour la découverte de ces trésors. Les fouilles et…

ROMANIA: Police recover 5,000 archaeological artifacts

The Romanian Police have recovered approximately 5,000 archaeological artifacts following raids at treasure hunters in Western Romania’s Caras-Severin, Arad, Timis and Bihor counties. These date from the ancient to the medieval period, and are as diverse as fragments of ceramic pottery, coins or objects of adornment. Over 300 ancient and medieval coins, several medieval weaponry…