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Returning the hatchet | The Economist

Governments are starting to return treasures to their neighbours THE basement of a petrol station is not an obvious place to display some 6,000 pre-Columbian ceramics. The shelves of the Cassinelli Museum are crammed with feline gods, copulating animals and vessels shaped like human faces. Many were made by the …

Belize Protects Antiquities – NYTimes.com

Belize plans to raise the fines for destroying its archaeological sites, according to its tourism agency. The move comes in response to a construction company’s recent leveling of part of a Mayan pyramid, below, that dates back some 2,300 years. The ancient site, Noh Mul, which translates as “Big Hill,” …

Syrian official says historic synagogue looted

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A historic Jewish synagogue in Damascus has been damaged and looted as clashes have consumed the surrounding neighborhood, a Syrian official and an anti-government activist said Monday. Damage to the synagogue, believed to be hundreds of years old, is the latest example of Syria’s rich cultural …