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Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World

 
 
 
 
Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World
Author: Roger Atwood
ISBN 13: 9780312324070
ISBN 10: 312324073
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 2006-01-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $22.99
 
 

Roger Atwood takes readers through the entire chain of the illegal global trade in ancient artifacts—from ransacked Peruvian tombs to museums—using the astounding story of the discovery of The Royal Tombs of Sipan in Peru (as important to the Americas a

The Washington Post - Konstantin Akinsha

…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."