Dec 15, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The globe’s major museums and the U.N. Cultural Agency have released a list of Roman and Greek antiquities – as well as prehistoric artwork – that are threatened from Islamic State terrorists in Libya.
The International Council of Museums has a detailed list of cultural treasures it says are “in peril.”
The agency has appealed to Interpol and other agencies – including customs officers and art traders – to keep watch for looted Libyan goods.
Islamic State has destroyed ancient sites and temples in Iraq and Syria – and experts believe they are also selling plundered antiquities on the black market.
ISIS has made inroads across Libya as well – a country which is split between rival governments.
Among threatened artworks are sculptures and mausoleum carvings
in the Roman-era trading centre of Sabratha – and a desert region of Libya where stone paintings or carvings date back 12,000 years.