Loot, legitimacy and ownership: the ethical crisis in archaeology
Colin Renfrew illustrates how the most precious product of archaeology is the information that excavations can illuminate about out shared human past. Yet the illicit digging of archaeological sites for gain - i.e. looting - is destroying the context in which archaeological findings can be understood, as well as sabotaging the most valued information. Today's art market is rife with the antiquities pilfered by these archaeological looters.
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Review: Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership: The Ethical Crisis in ArchaeologyUser Review - Christy - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
Review: Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership: The Ethical Crisis in ArchaeologyUser Review - Goodreads
Fast read, interesting case studies, consistent moral ground. This old hand values archaeological "context" over loot: it doesn't seem like he cares about "ownership" so much as the "damage" looting does to the archaeologist's ability to uncover the past.
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