The devastation caused by the trafficking of illicit antiquities and the theft of art has gained widespread public attention in recent years. Future Learn, an online private company wholly owned by the Open University, has been offering a course on why art is stolen, trafficked and returned. The Italian government and Unesco have just launched an Italian task force that will protect heritage sites in conflict zones worldwide. The task force may be called by Unesco member states to assess damage, plan conservation efforts, and combat looting and trafficking in cases of terrorist attacks or natural disasters.

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