Publishing Unprovenanced Artifacts

Author(s): Filipe Castro; Nicholas C. Budsberg

Year: 2017


The recent growth in volume and complexity of the illicit antiquities trade is documented, and links have been established between it and criminal activities, such as money laundering, extortion, drug and arms trading, terrorism, insurgency, and slavery. In 2011 Neil Brodie argued that "academic expertise is indispensable for the efficient functioning of the [illicit antiquities] trade," but the authors argue that a full ban on the study of unprovenanced artifacts is unacceptable from a scholarly viewpoint. This paper discusses the difficult subject of the cooperation between scientists and criminals.

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Publishing Unprovenanced Artifacts. Filipe Castro, Nicholas C. Budsberg. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435608)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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