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Conflict antiquities and conflicted antiquities: addressing commercial sales of legally excavated artefacts

Stevenson, AE; (2016) Conflict antiquities and conflicted antiquities: addressing commercial sales of legally excavated artefacts. Antiquity , 90 (349) pp. 229-236. 10.15184/aqy.2015.188. Green open access

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Abstract

When the antiquities trade is discussed in archaeology it is often prefixed with the pejorative adjective ‘illicit’. ‘Archaeology without context’ is a rallying cry for the archaeological profession to mobilise its collective voice in order to petition against the sale of heritage where an object's history is opaque and very probably a result of destructive looting (Chippindale et al.2001; Brodie 2006). The vocal campaign of the last decade to ensure that high-profile sales and museum acquisitions of material without documented collection histories do not encourage or sanction looting (e.g. Renfrew 2000; Brodie et al. 2006) has had some success, although objects without findspots continue to surface on the market.

Type: Article
Title: Conflict antiquities and conflicted antiquities: addressing commercial sales of legally excavated artefacts
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.188
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.188
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2016 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468129
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