Antiquities from several Syrian cultural eras continue to appear on the art market. Since the last blog post describing this problem, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International produced the above May 17, 2013 report (not in English). It describes the arrest of one Lebanese and three Syrian nationals by Lebanese General Security for trafficking Byzantine, Roman and Aramaic artifacts stolen from Syrian churches and cemeteries.
Foreign Policy on May 8, 2013 similarly tells how the Syrian civil war has led to a "bull market for antiquities dealers and thieves."
American buyers should remain vigilant about purchases that have no collecting history or have suspicious provenance.
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