Cambodia has been fighting for years to protect its cultural heritage and prevent priceless antiquities from being looted and spirited out of the country. This week some of that effort bore fruit when the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security officially returned to Cambodia 30 important artifacts they had seized in an asset forfeiture case.
The artifacts, some of which are more than 1,000 years old, have a market value of some $35 million, but the monetary value pales in comparison to their cultural and historical value to the Cambodian people.
These 30 artifacts were surrendered by the Denver Art Museum and one private collector, James H. Clark, the founder of Netscape. We know there are many more in museums and private collections in the United States and elsewhere.