Archaeological artifacts became a traded commodity largely as the international succeed in of Western society permits quick access to the world's archaeological historical past. got through the world's prime 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 might be performed to guard it. regardless of growing to be nationwide and overseas 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 price of artifacts rises. providing finished examinations of archaeological web site looting, the antiquities alternate, the wreck of cultural history assets, and the overseas efforts to wrestle their destruction, the authors argue that the antiquities industry affects cultural historical past worldwide and is a burgeoning international situation.
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