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Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership: The Ethical Crisis in Archaeology (Debates in Archaeology)
Colin Renfrew argues that what is most precious in archaeology is the information that excavations can shed on our human past. Yet the clandestine and unpublished digging of archaeological sites for gain - looting - is destroying the context in which archaeological findings can be understood, as well as sabotaging the most valuable information. It is the source of most of ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 20th 2000 by Bristol Classical Press
(first published January 31st 2000)
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Renfrew, an archaeologist who came under fire for referencing an unprovenanced collection of Cycladic figurines in his book The Cycladic Spirit, has become an impassioned convert. This book is something of a treatise on the dangers of illicit antiquities trading. I appreciate that he has devoted himself so strongly to this cause, and agree with his assertion that those who purchase, accept, display, or give academic attention to looted (or possibly looted) antiquities are as big a part of the pr ...more
Interesting short case studies. Unfortunately it was a bit dry, despite of the very interesting topic. Quick read, and half of the book is appendixes. But the book is 15 years old, and not all up to date. I would still recommend this as s resource if you are working with cultural heritage. Just consider also consulting newer stuff.
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