Roger Atwood takes readers through the entire chain of the illegal global trade in ancient artifactsfrom ransacked Peruvian tombs to museumsusing the astounding story of the discovery of The Royal Tombs of Sipan in Peru (as important to the Americas a
…Atwood not only describes the disease, he tries to find a cure. He proposes a detailed program of international and domestic legislation to stop gravediggers, smugglers and their rich patrons. Atwood believes in the necessity of a worldwide moratorium on trade in undocumented antiques, legislation requiring museums to disclose the provenance of their acquisitions, and controls on the market in antiquities. The author understands the complexity of such a task; the difficulty of stopping archaeological looting in poor countries is greatly compounded by the need to convince collectors not to buy looted artifacts. For Atwood, such collectors are "mindless consumers of heritage, depriving everyone alive and everyone who ever will live of part of the collective memory that makes us human."