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Returning Duryodhana

CAS alum helps a looted 10th-century Cambodian statue make the long trip home

Archaeologist Tess Davis spent 10 years documenting the plunder of Cambodia’s ancient temples and working for the return of the country’s looted antiquities. Earlier this month, her efforts and those of colleagues around the world paid off when two auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif., returned to Cambodia statues taken from a 10th-century Khmer sanctuary known as Prasat Chen at Koh Ker, a remote archaeological site in northern Cambodia. In the following story, Davis (CAS’04) reports on that milestone and on the struggle of cultural heritage advocates around the world to halt the lucrative trade in looted antiquities.

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