On 12 May, the RAND Corporation in the US published a research report which begins by saying that the illicit antiquities market has become an area of concern for policymakers. It is fuelled by a well-documented rise in looting at archaeological sites and a fear that the proceeds of such looting may be financing terrorism or rogue states.  The key findings are that the market size is smaller than often reported; the market structure varies widely, but it often appears ad hoc and opportunistic; the West is not the only end market for looted antiquities; and technology used in the looted antiquities trade is mostly unsophisticated.  The report makes a number of recommendations, including increasing the perceived threat of surveillance on messaging and transaction platforms.


If you’d like to help to contribute to the cost of the new laptop and desktop I have had to acquire, now that I am 5,000 miles away from my originals –

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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