UK curator criticises 'misleading' reports about looted items

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British Museum expert rejects claim that Europe is flooded with recently stolen artefacts

Reporting of the illegal trade in antiquities from Iraq and Syria is leading to a false impression that the European market is flooded with looted items, according to a British Museum curator.

St John Simpson, a senior curator and archaeologist in the British Museum’s Middle East department, said a recent report claiming that more than 98% of items on some European markets did not have proven legal provenance – and in some cases could be linked to terrorist organisations – was misleading.

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