Archeologists are perennially criticising collectors for - allegedly - buying looted objects. It seems they are not above a little loot-acquisition themselves (Looted Viking treasure is discovered in British Museum store)!
A Celtic treasure looted by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago has been discovered in the British Museum’s storerooms. An ornate, gilded disc brooch dating from the eighth or ninth century was found by chance and is being described as a “staggering find”. No-one knew of its existence until now. Read more.