Recently, it was found out that all artifacts were dug up by villagers and sold to Douglas Latchford, a disgraced art dealer and smuggler, who sold them to collectors and museums outside Thailand, with help from his close friend, Emma C. Bunker, an art scholar who played an important role in laundering the plundered antiquities. Now American investigators and authorities are working with the Thai government on the repatriation of the stolen artifacts.
This story is Part 3 of a special three-part investigative report "Looted" by Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, who spent a year reporting about illicit antiquities smuggling in Cambodia and Thailand.
Read the three-part series "Looted"
Part 3: The global hunt for a secret cache of stolen Thai treasures runs through Denver