In Photos: A Mummy Hand and Other Artifacts Smuggled Into the US
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MariA satellite photo taken in 2016 that shows the ancient city of Mari in Syria. Notice that it is heavily scarred with looting pits. Artifacts from Syria are being smuggled into Turkey before being sold abroad.
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Mummy collarAn exquisitely decorated mummy collar, either looted or stolen in Egypt and brought to the United States, was returned to Egypt in November 2016.
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Looted coffinA coffin was seized in the United States as part of an investigation into looted antiquities. In November 2016, it was returned to Egypt.
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Mummy handThis stolen or looted mummy hand, dating to the eighth century B.C., was brought into the United States from Egypt. It was falsely declared as being a "science fiction movie prop." The hand was returned to Egypt, along with other artifacts, in November 2016.
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Smuggled sculptureA sculpture of a head was smuggled into the United States around the time of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Turkey shares a long border with both Iraq and Syria, and there have been numerous reports of looted artifacts being smuggled to Turkey before being sold abroad. The sculpture was returned to Iraq in December 2006.
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Egypt sarcophagusThis Egyptian sarcophagus dates back around 2,000 years. The looted or stolen artifact was found by law enforcement in the United States, and it was returned to Egypt in July 2011.
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Egyptian glassworkThese examples of Egyptian glasswork and ceramics were looted or stolen and brought to the United States. Law enforcement found them, and they were returned to Egypt in July 2011.