Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

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by Neil Brodie
     
 

Archaeological artifacts have become a traded commodity in large part because the global reach of Western society allows easy access to the world’s archaeological heritage. Acquired by the world’s leading museums and private collectors, antiquities have been removed from archaeological sites, monuments, or cultural institutions and illegally traded.

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Overview

Archaeological artifacts have become a traded commodity in large part because the global reach of Western society allows easy access to the world’s archaeological heritage. Acquired by the world’s leading museums and private collectors, antiquities have been removed from archaeological sites, monuments, or cultural institutions and illegally traded. This collection of essays by world-recognized experts investigates the ways that com-modifying artifacts fuels the destruction of archaeological heritage and considers what can be done to protect it. Despite growing national and international legislation to protect cultural heritage, increasing numbers of archaeological sites—among them, war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq—are subject to pillage as the monetary value of artifacts rises. Offering comprehensive examinations of archaeological site looting, the antiquities trade, the ruin of cultural heritage resources, and the international efforts to combat their destruction, the authors argue that the antiquities market impacts cultural heritage around the world and is a burgeoning global crisis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813033396
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Series:
Cultural Heritage Studies Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,215,343
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Protecting cultural heritage in conflict25
2The U.S. legal response to the protection of the world cultural heritage36
3Recent developments in the legal protection of cultural heritage68
4Convicted dealers : what we can learn93
5St. Lawrence Island's legal market in archaeological goods98
6A model investigative protocol for looting and anti-looting educational program133
7The plunder of the Ulua Valley, Honduras, and a market analysis for its antiquities147
8Looting Lydia : the destruction of an archaeological landscape in Western Turkey173
9From the ground to the buyer : a market analysis of the trade in illegal antiquities188
10The plunder of Iraq's archaeological heritage, 1991-2005, and the London antiquities trade206
11Afghanistan's cultural heritage : an exceptional case?227
12Illicit trafficking and trade in Indian antiquities : renewed efforts to save and preserve India's heritage236
13Museum acquisitions : responsibilities for the illicit traffic in antiquities245
14Structural complexity and social conflict in managing the past at Copan, Honduras258
15Supporting and promoting the idea of a shared cultural patrimony270
16Artifacts and emotion284
17Conclusion : the social and cultural contexts of collecting303

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