Institute Director Gil Stein says, "We're acting as a clearing house, and so far 36 different institutions and individuals from all over the world are contributing information, sending images, and volunteering labor. It's really inspiring how much people want to help."
The database of artifacts acts as a "virtual wanted poster" to familiarize the world with the items that are missing, but scholars hold little hope that everything will be recovered. Says University of Michigan professor Henry Wright, "Even centuries from now, specialists will still be looking."
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