NPR: In Iraq, Authorities Continue To Fight Uphill Battle Against Antiquities Plunder

NPR: In Iraq, Authorities Continue To Fight Uphill Battle Against Antiquities Plunder. “Heritage experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of other objects were looted directly from Iraq’s archaeological sites after Saddam lost control of parts of the country in 1991, following the war to end Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait. The looting and illegal trade of its antiquities in international markets continue to this day, Iraqi officials say. Conservationists say the coronavirus pandemic has only increased online sales of looted antiquities on social media sites such as Facebook and other online platforms.”

Phys .org: Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology

Phys .org: Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology . “First discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds looking for a lost sheep, the ancient Hebrew texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the most well-preserved ancient written materials ever found. Now, a study by researchers at MIT and elsewhere elucidates a unique ancient technology of parchment making and provides potentially new insights into methods to better preserve these precious historical documents.”