>> Vandalism and neglect. This is the story of Cyrene in eastern Libya a city founded by the Greeks over 2,600 years ago. But since Gaddafi's fall in 2011, insecurity and looting has hit archaeological treasures like this particularly hard as rival groups struggled to consolidate control of the country.
Tourists now stay away, instead vandals come to leave their mark.>> There have been grave infringements despite the efforts of the tourist police and Shaat archaeological authorities to stop this. But it still exists. This is due to the power struggle between civilians and security forces.>> Things got even worse in 2013 with the introduction of a law allowing people to reclaim land confiscated under Gaddafi, some took that a little too literally.
The situation is also not helped by the fact that Libya has two governments. One administration backed by the United Nations sits in Tripoli while the East has a parallel government, meaning that it's often down to local history fans or archaeological charities to protect treasured sites. But there is some positive news.
1,700 looted artifacts have been returned since 2011, although many others are thought to have been smuggled abroad.