The vast majority of the 2,358 field archaeologists surveyed in 2013 said antiquities looting exists in nearly every country, and nearly 80 percent said they had personally encountered it.

Source: Blythe Bowman Proulx, “Archeological Site Looting in ‘Glocal’ Perspective: Nature, Scope, and Frequency,” American Journal of Archaeology, 2013,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Survey Responses Percentage
It exists 97.9%
It exists in all countries 89.6%
Have personally encountered looting 78.5%

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