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Illicit Antiquities

The Theft of Culture and the Extinction of Archaeology

Illicit Antiquities by Neil Brodie
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The exploitation of archaeological sites for commercial gain is a serious problem worldwide. In peace and during wartime archaeological sites and cultural institutions, both on land and underwater, are attacked and their contents robbed for sale on an international 'antiquities' market. Objects are excavated without record, smuggled across borders and sold for exorbitant prices in the salesrooms of Europe and North America. In some countries this looting has now reached such a scale as to threaten the very survival of their archaeological and cultural heritage.
This volume highlights the deleterious effects of the trade on cultural heritage, but in particular it focuses upon questions of legal and local responses: How can people become involved in the preservation of their past and what, in economic terms, are the costs and benefits? Are international conventions or export restrictions effective in diminishing the volume of the trade and the scale of its associated destruction?
Taylor and Francis; August 2003
321 pages; ISBN 9781134568222
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Title: Illicit Antiquities
Author: Neil Brodie; Kathryn Walker Tubb
 
ISBNs
0203165462
9780203165461
9780415233880
9781134568208
9781134568222