Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World / Edition 1by Roger Atwood
Pub. Date: 12/16/2004
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Roger Atwood takes readers through the entire chain of the illegal global trade in ancient artifactsfrom ransacked Peruvian tombs to museumsusing the astounding story of the discovery of The Royal Tombs of Sipan in Peru (as important to the Americas a
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Roger Atwood has meticulously researched this topic by interviewing looters, collectors, archeologists and FBI Agents firsthand. This has resulted in an excellent book that reads like an Indiana Jones novel, a true crime story and a history tome all at the same time. Well written and exciting are good descriptions of Stealing History. Atwood allows the reader to follow the path of a 2000 year-old Pre-Columbian golden artifact from it's resting place in a tomb in Peru to, of all places, a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. The artifact is the largest golden piece ever found in the Americas and passes through the hands of looters, collectors, archeologists and FBI Agents before finally ending up back in Peru. Atwood's writing style makes for an easy read and each chapter leads into the next which makes it difficult to put the book down once you start reading. Atwood also demonstrates the damage done by the indiscriminate looting of archeological sites around the world. He maintains that this looting is fueled by the desires of rich collectors who want the objects for decorations. Highly recommended...guess I'll have to see the movie next!