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Libyan antiquities at risk from political instability, conflict

After years of neglect and looting, authorities in Libya are showing growing interest in protecting the country’s heritage and archaeological sites.
This picture taken on March 10, 2021, shows a view of a Dionysiac stone sarcophagus depicting the god Dionysius riding a lion.

Aftershocks from the Libya conflict continue to reverberate through the country’s archaeological sector. Dozens of rare and unique artifacts are being smuggled abroad amid mounting warnings from officials and specialists of the demise of this sector, which was once a source of attraction for foreign tourists.

Despite the state of division that still hangs over Libya’s political scene in the absence of a unified central authority, efforts are being exerted to pull the Libyan antiquities back from the edge of disappearance.

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