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Hobby Lobby agreed earlier this month to a forfeiture of smuggled artifacts. Holly Hildreth /Moment Editorial/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Authorities Arrest Antiquities Dealers In Connection With Hobby Lobby Scandal

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Two pictures show the minaret (top) of Aleppo's ancient Umayyad mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on April 16, 2013, and the rubble (bottom) after it was blown up on April 24, 2013. Jalal al-Halabi,Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Take Massive Risks To Save Syria's Cultural Heritage

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A photo of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, Syria, released May 17, shows the site where Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch and ancient temples. SANA/AP hide caption

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Syrian Antiquities Chief Calls For Help From International Community

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The Nirgul Tablet. Each digital replication becomes more complete and higher-resolution as the project collects more photos and videos of the artifacts. Project Mosul hide caption

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Cyber Archaeologists Rebuild Destroyed Artifacts

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Buddhist monks recover a statue of a Buddhist deity from a monastery at Swayambhunath. Niranjan Shrestha/AP hide caption

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In Nepal, Efforts Underway To Salvage Ancient Sites Damaged By Quake

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Some of the artifacts that were handed over to Iraq during a ceremony Monday in Washington, D.C. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Returns Dozens Of Looted Artifacts To Iraq

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Coins from the Thomas Lockwood Collection were recently found to be rare and priceless. From a description by the University at Buffalo, from top to bottom: A gold aureus of the Roman emperor Otho; a tetradrachm of Athens; a tetradrachm of Alexander the Great; a silver tetradrachm of Syracuse (Sicily); a gold aureus of the emperor Nero; and a gold octodrachm of Arsinoe II." Douglas Levere/University at Buffalo hide caption

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Dura Europos, a Roman walled city in eastern Syria, dates back to 330 B.C. The main gate is shown here in a photo from 2010. It's one of the many important archaeological sites militants of the self-styled Islamic State have ransacked and damaged. EPA /Deir Ezz-Zour Antiquities Department/Landov hide caption

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Via Satellite, Tracking The Plunder Of Middle East Cultural History

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Syrian volunteers cover mosaics in the Ma'arra museum with a protective layer of glue, covered by cloth. Ma'arra Museum Project/Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project hide caption

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In Syria, Archaeologists Risk Their Lives To Protect Ancient Heritage

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Then-U.S. ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill (right) tours the Mosul Museum of History in May 2009. This week the self-declared Islamic State posted a video online that showed militants going through the museum, pushing over statues and smashing artifacts with sledgehammers. Mujahed Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An undated handout image released by the British Museum of a headless sculpture of the river god Ilissos. The British Museum has put the sculpture, one of the Elgin Marbles, on loan to the Hermitage Museum in Russia, the first time one of the Parthenon sculptures has been lent. AP hide caption

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The youths of Ancient Messene once trained at this Doric stadium, which cost more than $3 million to restore. It's one of the most impressive and popular ancient sites in Greece, in part thanks to an infusion of private funds. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Archaeologists Chase Private Funds To Preserve Greek Antiquities

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