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Bali’s archaeological sites were drawing attention from scientists; its past Hindu connections with India , the socio- political and cultural relationship, the maritime trade with India in the medieval times – all of these were of special interest to many and fresh excavations and subsequent finds were keeping the department very busy ! Amidst all of these activities, the lure of lucre was drawing smugglers of antiques and artefacts to Bali too – a rich and fertile source of rare finds paving the way for making a fortune by smuggling them out of the country and peddling them to clandestine collectors and curators. Such smugglers were dangerous and powerful, and were very well organized , with plenty of money to throw around ,so they could recruit local contacts and help as co perpetrators of their crime.Read this story
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