Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World / Edition 1

Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World / Edition 1

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by Roger Atwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312324065

ISBN-13: 9780312324063

Pub. Date: 12/16/2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Tomb raiding is nothing new - it has a long history - but Stealing History shows how it has grown into a huge, global industry. These are no graveyard scanvengers, but professionals in an illicit antiquities trade that works with devastating efficiency to strip whole countries of their heritage. Atwood reveals the strange, sad world of well-organized looters and the…  See more details below

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Tomb raiding is nothing new - it has a long history - but Stealing History shows how it has grown into a huge, global industry. These are no graveyard scanvengers, but professionals in an illicit antiquities trade that works with devastating efficiency to strip whole countries of their heritage. Atwood reveals the strange, sad world of well-organized looters and the undercover FBI operations that are putting corrupt dealers out of business.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312324063
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/16/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : looters in the temple1
1Looking for a tomb19
2Twenty-three feet down33
3The excavators60
4Backflap77
5Gold man86
6Lord of Sipan109
7The dealer123
8The actual object131
9The smugglers167
10The consul176
11The golden rattle188
12The Jaguar's head210
13The brigades229
14Recovering the past241
15Coming home250

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Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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!