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    This raises all sorts questions in my mind. But first and foremost, there MUST be provenance provided by the seller or these ancient artifacts BEFORE any ‘museum’ displays them in these dark times, ever since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq continuing to this day with the thefts and “transfers” of archaeological artifacts taken from Syrian sites as well. Well documented thousands of thefts and sales for profit. From common thieves like a New Yorker apprehended at Kennedy in 2004 with ancient Babylonian seals that he ‘didn’t know’ were valuable, claimed to Customs officer but prosecuted by Manhattan DA…to current ISIS thefts/sales. Museum curators MUST by law know /verify provenance prior to taking custody. “Oriental Heritage” in an Israeli museum without provenance is international trafficking/law breaking with impunity.

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Adam Steedman Thake

Adam Steedman Thake

Adam graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in History and wrote for university publications as a student. Writing for the New Historian allows him to continue combining two of the things he enjoys most: learning and writing about the past. During university, he specialised in drawing links between medieval and modern societies as he enjoys discovering similarities between different time-periods and cultures. In his spare time, Adam enjoys reading for knowledge and pleasure. He takes pleasure in the creativity and ingenuity of humans, both past and present. He is also a keen cricketer and attempts to play whenever the weather allows. Often, he has to explain cricket to those with no knowledge of it, with varying success.

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