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"The looting of archaeological websites and museums has lately been introduced vividly to public realization. during this ebook, a few of the world's specialists at the topic research the level of the matter, how trafficking in illicit artifacts is performed, and what could be performed to save lots of our cultural heritage."--Ellen Herscher, contributing editor, Archaeology magazine

Archaeological artifacts became a traded commodity largely as the worldwide achieve of Western society permits easy accessibility to the world's archaeological background. bought by means of the world's prime museums and personal creditors, antiquities were faraway from archaeological websites, monuments, or cultural associations and illegally traded. This number of essays via world-recognized specialists investigates the ways in which com-modifying artifacts fuels the destruction of archaeological historical past and considers what may be performed to guard it. regardless of growing to be nationwide and foreign laws to guard cultural historical past, expanding numbers of archaeological sites--among them, war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq--are topic to pillage because the financial worth of artifacts rises. delivering accomplished examinations of archaeological website looting, the antiquities exchange, the destroy of cultural history assets, and the overseas efforts to wrestle their destruction, the authors argue that the antiquities industry affects cultural historical past around the globe and is a burgeoning worldwide crisis.

Neil Brodie is learn director of the Illicit Antiquities study Centre on the McDonald Institute for Archaeological learn, college of Cambridge. Morag M. Kersel, a Ph.D. candidate on the college of Cambridge, is learning the criminal alternate of antiquities within the center East. Christina Luke is a learn fellow within the division of archaeology at Boston college. Kathryn Walker Tubb is a lecturer in cultural history reports and conservation within the Institute of Archaeology, college university, London.

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