@samarkeolog Twitter archive: illicit antiquities trade in West Africa – Mali and Nigeria

Partly to help me (publicly) archive material from before my @conflictantiq Twitter feed on looting and destruction of cultural and community property, partly to help me clarify (for myself) what I want to document on it, I’ve copied-and-pasted(-and-hyperlinked) the (immediately or otherwise) relevant material from my @samarkeolog Twitter feed (primarily on professional, Balkan and Mediterranean matters).

It was a huge time sink; but I am utterly dedicated to uneconomic(al) activity.

@samarkeolog tweets on the illicit antiquities trade in West Africa – Mali and Nigeria – are here.

Mali: illicit antiquities trade

‘#Mali: no evidence of mass #looting, but only because of refugee crisis and extremists’ commitment to destruction’ (15th October 2012)

‘#looting, the subsistence digging economy in #Mali; and stemming the flow of looted #antiquities from Mali to the #USA’ (3rd April 2012)

Nigeria: illicit antiquities trade

@vanguardngrnews Thank you for publishing looting in the midst of crisis. If you wanna publish the whole thing, I can send you the html code’ (@samarkeolog, 1st November 2012)

‘the antiquities trade in Nigeria: looting in the midst of economic, environmental, political and professional crisis’ (24th October 2012)

‘truce, despite AAN’s new insinuation that when Nigerians send artefacts for conservation, Germans might send back fakes‘ (2nd April 2012)

agreement between Archaeological Association of Nigeria, and Nigerian National Commission and Goethe University’ (2nd April 2012)

‘AAN President Gundu has explicitly and publicly refused to provide even private and confidential evidence for claims’ (28th March 2012)

‘Incidentally, the AAN was right (once), I am cheap – I will happily work for minimum wage. Tell your skinflint friends!’ (28th March 2012 [explanation here])

‘According to the Archaeological Association of Nigeria (AAN), I am ‘an attack dog for the Germans‘; and ‘cheap’!’ (28th March 2012)

‘The AAN has repeated its allegations of German archaeologists #looting in #Nigeria; but it has provided no evidence‘ (26th March 2012)

‘I hope (today?) to post Gundu’s explanation of his #looting accusations against German archaeologists in #Nigeria’ (24th March 2012)

‘The Archaeological Association of Nigeria is working on a response to the German archaeologists’ ‘diatribe” (20th March 2012)

@arttheft joint Goethe Uni-NCMM project; trains&employs locals; supports Nigerians’ research at home&PG study in Germany. Irksomely ideal :)’ (@samarkeolog, 19th March 2012)

@samarkeolog Interesting, has the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft involved the local community in its site plans or even on its digs?’ (@arttheft, 19th March 2012)

@arttheft dep on generosity, bitterness at rich foreigners’ well-funded research, or at not being personally&indiv.ly asked to participate’ (@samarkeolog, 19th March 2012)

@samarkeolog what was the motivation behind the claim?’ (@arttheft, 19th March 2012)

German archaeologists refute allegations of #looting #Nok culture in #Nigeria’ (19th March 2012)

‘German archaeologists #looting Nigerian #archaeology sites, or rescuing them? ht @looted_heritage @arttheft‘ (17th March 2012)


  • I didn’t include ambiguous tweets, mid-event tweets, etc.
  • I removed incomplete sentences added by automatic tweet generators.
  • I converted in-tweet links into hyperlinked text.
  • I didn’t provide the permalink to my own tweets of links, because it would’ve meant a flood of unnecessary links and “@samarkeolog”s (and swallowed even more time).
  • Because my early tweets’ links weren’t clickable, I copied-and-pasted all of the tweets themselves (rather than links for embedding), but it’s far, far too time-consuming to continue to do that.

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