A lecture by Dr Sam Hardy: "Antiquities trafficking in the Syrian civil war: a ‘vital source of funding’?" at the American University of Rome Wednesday 23rd September 2015:
As the civil war in Syria has progressed, the illicit trade in Syrian antiquities has flourished. Civilians are digging up antiquities to subsist or escape; organised criminals are racketeering amidst the chaos; and armed groups – rebels and regime forces as well as jihadists – are trafficking antiquities to finance their fighting. Even outside forces are implicated. Sam Hardy will show how they are all involved, how antiquities are reaching the market and what can be done.