It's getting harder to take Dr. Sam Hardy, an archaeo-blogger with a book in the works about "conflict antiquities" seriously. He started off with some healthy skepticism of the claim ISIS made $36 million from the sale of illicit antiquities in one province alone. There was no change in the underlying evidence, but Dr. Hardy then went onto hype that figure when "fame" came calling in the form of a Reuters blog. As CPO explained at the time, major problems remained with the $36 million figure despite Hardy's effort to latch onto it. And now he's at it again, claiming that German media has verified the figure in response to a critical report in a German numismatic publication. But is that true? It would seem not based on the information he provides. Rather, the most that can be said is that ISIS probably derives some income from looting-- which is what Hardy originally concluded before he jumped on the $36 million bandwagon.
Addendum (12/14/14): This $36 million looting claim has been further debunked in a report in Artnet. Further addendum (12/18/14): In response to this news, Hyperallergic's only accommodation to the truth was to change the title of the article from "German Media Corroborate $36M Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking" to "German Media May Corroborate $36M Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking" without acknowledging the change. Of course, as set forth above, Arnet reported German Media in the end did no such thing.