promises, promises – antiquities trade blogging

In the last couple of days, I’ve had a spike in hits, because Doug’s Archaeology was kind enough to include Conflict Antiquities in a list of 17 blogs on looting and the antiquities trade. (The other 16 are really good.)

But at the moment, I’ve blogged on destruction, propaganda and censorship more than illicit digging and dealing; and I’m drafting posts on conflict archaeology, genocide denial and memorialisation (as well as looting and organised art crime).

I promise I will be blogging (more) on the antiquities trade; but I do think it’s worth writing about things that are connected with looting, and things that affect archaeologists’ freedom to do their work.

4 Comments to “promises, promises – antiquities trade blogging”

  1. Sorry, this list is not meant to force you into a category. I would say that Conflict Antiquities brings a very unique broader perspective to the whole issue of the antiquities trade. With destruction, propaganda and censorship, while being different mediums, have similar results as the antiquities trade. They also compliment each other as you well know.

    I find your blog very interesting and informative as is but that is just my personal taste.


    • No, no, I don’t feel forced; I want to focus on the illicit antiquities trade. I’ve been spending a lot of time making (locally) controversial posts as boring as possible. I’m glad to get a spur to pull my finger out and get on with it.


  2. Please try not to paint everyone with the same brush when you do the blog and it will be much more effective in hearing from all sides. Just a suggestion, from a very interested party. I feel I may have a bit to add to this so please keep me posted. I for one would love to see the end of the ILLICIT antiquities trade as well. There will always be a trade in these items but it’s high time the legit dealers and collectors need to be left out of this and not included as a part of the problem. It’s not illegal to collect or deal in legally obtained and found artifacts in North America. There really needs to be clarification of this and the laws for all parties to understand the situation better and to stop the building of walls between the different parties and many different views of the topic and subject in question here. Just a sugestion, Tony


    • Well, I don’t think I’ll talk much about North America at all; most of my work so far has been on the Eastern Mediterranean.

      I want to concentrate on looting during conflict. I will call out collections that don’t prove that they’re legal, but obviously that won’t be a problem for legit collectors.


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