Whirlwind of thievery at Canterbury Archaeological Trust is as devastating as Palmyra

first_img“It is the heritage of Canterbury trampled and trodden on by a pair of thieves. We have been caught up in a whirlwind of thievery.” “The combs are so fragile that in their hands they will disintegrate,” added Mr Bennett.”They may end up on eBay or car boot sales for pennies whereas their real place is in a museum. They are our legacy for future generations.”These two people have been allowed to run rampant and steal our material. They are a couple of low lives who live locals. They must have a huge swag bag. Trust director Paul Bennett, who this week received an MBE from the Prince of Wales, said it was a ‘disaster’ for the country.“It is one of the biggest thefts of archaeological artefacts in the world,” he said.“It is almost like in Syria, Iraq and the archaeological sites there and Libya, where I also work.“It ranks with the theft of the Benghazi treasure in 2011 at the end of the revolution.“They have left such chaos it is difficult to determine what has been stolen. It is as bad as the Viking Sacking of Canterbury in 1011.” Pictures showing the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria before and after Isil destructionCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The raids left artefacts strewn across the floor at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust  A Kent Police spokesman said: “Officers from Kent Police are appealing for information after historical artefacts were stolen by burglars.”The items are reported to have been stolen from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, in Kingsmead Road, overnight on 22 and 23 January and again on 23 and 24 January.Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/4200/18.Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. The raids left artefacts strewn across the floor at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust Credit: Canterbury Archaeological Trust Propaganda videos released by the terrorist group have shown militants dynamiting centuries old churches and mosques and rampaging through museums with pickaxes and sledgehammers.Isil claims it is destroying idol worship and correcting the history of Islam and has sold plundered artefacts to fund its campaign.However the attacks in Canterbury appear to have purely financial motives. The two thieves also stole copper cables from the building during the burglaries and one of the men was caught on camera stealing beer from a local shop.The trust was hit by four break-ins in the space of a week in January and the perpetrators took around 860 Anglo-Saxon beads as well as replica bronze axes, Iron Age coins, combs and pins and a plaster bust of Queen Victoria.center_img Hundreds of Anglo-Saxon beads were takenCredit:Canterbury Archaeological Trust The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra being blown up by Isil Thousands of rare Anglo-Saxon and Iron Age treasures have been stolen from an archaeological trust in a raid likened to Isis’s destruction of ancient archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq.Canterbury Archaeological Trust said its collection had been devastated by a ‘whirlwind of thievery’ in which precious artefacts, coins, beads and bones were snatched.Archaeologists are concerned that the nationally important hoard could end up on eBay or sold for scrap metal and are urging the public and antiques dealers to lookout for the items. The destruction of archaeology has hugely increased in recent years, fuelled by Isil’s war on cultural heritage which has seen sites like the Syrian city of Palmyra bulldozed and blown-up. Pictures showing the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria before and after Isil destruction Hundreds of Anglo-Saxon beads were taken The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra being blown up by Isillast_img

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