Archaeologists scanning overseas for “stolen” artifacts of Nepal

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Kathmandu, October 18. On Monday, The Department of Archaeology announced that it is making efforts to recover Nepali artifacts that were illegally traded overseas.

Department’s Director-General, Damodar Gautam told reporters that a team of 25 officers is working with Nepali embassies and foreign museums to track down artifacts smuggled from Nepal.

Gautam also mentioned that identifying idols and paintings is a difficult task. “It’s more difficult to trace the origins of Lord Ganesh idols and Thangka paintings, as many of them come from neighboring India and Tibet.”

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