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Location: Cyprus         Length: 10 min

During his stay on the island from 1865 until 1876, the American consul in Cyprus, Luigi Cesnola, became an amateur archaeologist to profit from the trade of antiquities.  He gathered up more than 35,000 objects.  When local authorities prohibited the export of this enormous collection, Cesnola loaded his treasures onto boats and shipped them to New York.  Although the island had been heavily pillaged, fifty years after Cesnola’s departure, a village priest led archaeologists to the village of Agia Eirini, where they made a spectacular discovery.

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