Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

Archaeological artifacts became a traded commodity largely as the worldwide succeed in of Western society permits easy accessibility to the world's archaeological historical past. obtained by way of the world's major museums and personal creditors, antiquities were faraway from archaeological websites, monuments, or cultural associations and illegally traded. This number of essays by way of world-recognized specialists investigates the ways in which com-modifying artifacts fuels the destruction of archaeological background and considers what might be performed to guard it. regardless of starting to be nationwide and foreign laws to guard cultural history, expanding numbers of archaeological sites-among them, war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq-are topic to pillage because the financial price of artifacts rises. delivering finished examinations of archaeological web site looting, the antiquities alternate, the smash of cultural history assets, and the foreign efforts to strive against their destruction, the authors argue that the antiquities marketplace affects cultural historical past around the globe and is a burgeoning international quandary.

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Kaufman, Jason. ” Art Newspaper, no. 61 (1996): 17. ———. ” Art Newspaper, no. 92 (1999): 18–19. , and Carla T. Main. ” In Antiquities Trade or Betrayed: Legal, Ethical and Conservation Issues, ed. Kathryn W. Tubb, 150–62. London: Archetype-UKIC, 1995. Kirkpatrick, Sidney D. Lords of Sipan. New York: Morrow, 1992. Lafont, Masha. Pillaging Cambodia: The Illicit Traffic in Khmer Art. : McFarland, 2004. Lee, Donald. ” Art Newspaper no. 90 (1999): 1, 3. ). Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property: Museums against Pillage.

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The Protectors UNESCO’s assistance to Iraq was limited by the United Nations’ Sanctions Committee, which did not allow the dispatch of chemicals, photographic paper, and other supplies to enable reconstitution of the inventories. However, UNESCO did release press statements warning the market of the expected transmission of illegally acquired objects for sale. In April 2002 it was also able to assist in the return of a sculpted stone head from the World Heritage site of Hatra, the piece having been seen in a dealer’s window in London and identified by an expert.

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