Looters Are Taking Advantage of the Worldwide Lockdown to Rob Cultural Heritage Sites—and Selling Their Stolen Wares on Facebook

As archaeological sites become increasingly vulnerable to looting amid global lockdowns, Facebook has emerged as an increasingly popular hub of the illicit trade.

The Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research Project, which monitors efforts to traffic stolen artifacts in the digital underworld, has seen a recent surge of activity on the social-media platform, particularly concerning looted objects from the Middle East and North Africa.

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