Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

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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
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Brodie is research director of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. Morag M. Kersel, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge, is studying the legal trade of antiquities in the Middle East. Christina Luke is a research fellow in the department of archaeology at Boston University. Kathryn Walker Tubb is a lecturer in cultural heritage studies and conservation in the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.

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Table of Contents

1 Protecting cultural heritage in conflict 25
2 The U.S. legal response to the protection of the world cultural heritage 36
3 Recent developments in the legal protection of cultural heritage 68
4 Convicted dealers : what we can learn 93
5 St. Lawrence Island's legal market in archaeological goods 98
6 A model investigative protocol for looting and anti-looting educational program 133
7 The plunder of the Ulua Valley, Honduras, and a market analysis for its antiquities 147
8 Looting Lydia : the destruction of an archaeological landscape in Western Turkey 173
9 From the ground to the buyer : a market analysis of the trade in illegal antiquities 188
10 The plunder of Iraq's archaeological heritage, 1991-2005, and the London antiquities trade 206
11 Afghanistan's cultural heritage : an exceptional case? 227
12 Illicit trafficking and trade in Indian antiquities : renewed efforts to save and preserve India's heritage 236
13 Museum acquisitions : responsibilities for the illicit traffic in antiquities 245
14 Structural complexity and social conflict in managing the past at Copan, Honduras 258
15 Supporting and promoting the idea of a shared cultural patrimony 270
16 Artifacts and emotion 284
17 Conclusion : the social and cultural contexts of collecting 303
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