How we tracked ancient Cambodian antiquities to leading museums and private galleries

Relics linked to accused looter Douglas Latchford are displayed in private homes and public institutions all over the world. Here’s how reporters found them, and what museums said when we asked how they were acquired.

In 2019, the United States indicted Douglas Latchford, an Englishman who had long lived in Thailand, of trafficking antiquities looted from countless Cambodian sacred sites.

The case came seven years after Latchford was publicly linked to antiquities trafficking and after some in the art world had come to see him as too risky to deal with.

The Cambodian government is now working to recover its stolen heritage, has secured the return of several Latchford pieces from prominent museums and has been promised many more from his private collection. But hundreds more relics — maybe thousands — once owned by Latchford haven’t been found.

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