The Current State of Looting, Preservation, and Education in the Casas Grandes Region

Author(s): Jane H. Kelley; Fabiola Silva

Year: 2015


The looting of archaeological artifacts is a worldwide phenomenon prompting the destruction of our world heritage. Looting and the antiquities market across the U.S/Mexico border is a complex bi-national issue that has highly impacted the archaeological record. A previous examination of the history of looting in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico demonstrates three periods of looting: the Museum Period (1900-1939), the Private Collector Period (1940-1979), and the Present Period (1980-present). This paper will examine the Present Period and the contributing factors that have led to the further destruction of sites in the Casas Grandes region. As well as what strategies local government officials, INAH, and other archeologist are implementing to counter such destruction.

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The Current State of Looting, Preservation, and Education in the Casas Grandes Region. Fabiola Silva, Jane H. Kelley. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396636)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;