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A salvage operation that inspired the world: Abu Simbel and the World Heritage
A salvage operation that inspired the world: Abu Simbel and the World Heritage

Our story begins in 1954 when the Egyptian government decided to build a dam across the river Nile. If nothing was done, all of this would be drowned and lost forever.

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How did the Perge Hercules Sarcophagus find its way back to Turkey?
How did the Perge Hercules Sarcophagus find its way back to Turkey?

Many of the details of the story of the restitution of this ancient Roman-period antiquity, which depicts the twelve labours of Hercules and was almost certainly carved in the 2nd century, would put a cloak-and-dagger thriller to shame.

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UN Security Council’s first cultural heritage resolution: 'War crimes are being committed in Iraq and Syria'
UN Security Council’s first cultural heritage resolution: 'War crimes are being committed in Iraq and Syria'

The deliberate destruction of cultural heritage taking place in Turkey’s two southeastern neighbours Iraq and Syria has prompted international organizations to take unprecedented action.

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Seeing the Louvre Abu Dhabi in another light: Is it exhibiting loot from Iraq?
Seeing the Louvre Abu Dhabi in another light: Is it exhibiting loot from Iraq?

Just how culpable the Louvre Abu Dhabi really is in all of this is still unclear but the fact that the museum’s impressively big-budget opening should be tainted by such a controversy is ought to be rather thought-provoking.

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