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Archaeological artifacts became a traded commodity largely as the worldwide succeed in of Western society permits quick access to the world’s archaeological background. bought by means of the world’s top museums and personal creditors, antiquities were faraway from archaeological websites, monuments, or cultural associations and illegally traded. This selection of essays by way of world-recognized specialists investigates the ways in which com-modifying artifacts fuels the destruction of archaeological history and considers what could be performed to guard it. regardless of becoming nationwide and overseas laws to guard cultural history, expanding numbers of archaeological sites—among them, war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq—are topic to pillage because the financial price of artifacts rises. delivering entire examinations of archaeological web site looting, the antiquities exchange, the damage of cultural history assets, and the foreign efforts to wrestle their destruction, the authors argue that the antiquities marketplace affects cultural background all over the world and is a burgeoning worldwide crisis.

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The institutional mechanism for this is . . the cultural affairs officer. S. Department of State 2003). The concern about looting was specifically mentioned, “especially in the absence of law and order and the economic uncertainty that is inherent to any military operation of this magnitude. All around Iraq, there are a number of museums, in particular the National Museum of Baghdad, that hold priceless materials. S. S. Department of State 2003). While we can rejoice that these careful preparations for selective targeting were carried out, fully consistent with the Hague Convention, we all know that preparations to prevent the looting of the Baghdad museum did not measure up to these hopeful predictions.

5 million in the case of the Lydian Hoard, is a powerful deterrent to the acquisition of unprovenanced material. S. criminal courts (see also Gerstenblith 2002), and so the force of the art museums’ argument has been lessened. In 2004 the Association of Art Museum Directors published its Report of the AAMD Task Force on the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art, which contains seven guidelines to assist museums in the preparation or revision of acquisition policies (AAMD 2004).

Archaeology, January–February 1999, 16–17. Shankar, Ajai. ” In Trade in Illicit Antiquities: The Destruction of the World’s Archaeological Heritage, ed. Neil J. Brodie, Jennifer Doole, and Colin Renfrew, 33–36. McDonald Institute Monograph. : McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2001. Shapreau, Carla J. “Second Circuit Holds That False Statements Contained in Customs Forms Warrant Forfeiture of Ancient Gold Phiale—Hotly Contested Foreign Patrimony Issue Not Reached by the Court: United States v.

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