Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership The Ethical Crisis in Archaeology

by Lord Colin Renfrew

Part of the Duckworth Debates in Archaeology Series

Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership The Ethical Crisis in Archaeology Synopsis

In this account, Colin Renfrew illustrates how the most precious product of archaeology is the information that controlled and well-published excavations can give us about our shared human past. Clandestine and unpublished digging of archaeological sites for gain - ie looting - destroys the context and all hope of providing such information. It is the source of most of the antiquities that appear on the art market today - unprovenanced antiquities, the product of illicit traffic financed, knowingly or not by the collectors and museums that buy them on a no-questions-asked basis. This trade has turned London as well as other international centres into a 'thieves kitchen' where greed triumphs over serious appreciation of the past. Unless a solution is found to this ethical crisis in archaeology, our record of the past will be vastly diminished. This book attempts to lay bare the misunderstanding and hypocrisy that underlies that crisis.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780715630341
Publication date: 20th October 2000
Author: Lord Colin Renfrew
Publisher: Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 170 pages
Categories: Archaeological theory, Ethical issues & debates,

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