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Sam Donvil

Learning from Iraq: Illicit Antiquities Trade and the Syrian Conflict

Learning from Iraq: Illicit Antiquities Trade and the Syrian Conflict

A growing body of evidence indicates that looting and illegal excavations are becoming more common as the Syrian conflict rages on. More importantly, there are indications that smuggled antiquities provide an important source of revenue for some of the many rival factions controlling large swaths of the country.

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When Pasts and Futures Collide: Afghanistan’s Heritage and Post-Conflict Development

When Pasts and Futures Collide: Afghanistan's Heritage and Post-Conflict Development

At Mes Aynak, Logar Province, about 35 kilomtres south of Kabul, archaelogists excavate an ancient Buddhist Silk-Road-era city perched on top of the world’s largest unexploited copper deposit. Hamid Karzai’s government has been anticipating a dramatic cutback on international aid. The war-torn nation now looks to its mineral wealth and the international extractive industry as avenue towards development. It remains to be seen whether the new Afghanistan can accomodate both its past and its future.

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About the Author

Sam (24) is currently wrapping up a masters in Cultures and Development Studies at the KU Leuven and previously studied Archaeology. He is trying to piece together a thesis on heritage issues and international development and simultaneously develop some real world skills as part of the newswire team. Whenever time allows, he likes take some time off to go travelling, usually in the form of extended hitch-hiking trips and has now completed the trajectory from Eastern Turkey to Belgium twice.