Archaeological looting

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Archaeological looting is the illicit removal of artefacts from an archaeological site. Such looting is the major source of artefacts for the antiquities market.[1] Looting has been linked to the economic and political stability of the possessing nation, with levels of looting increasing during times of crisis.[2] However, looting is also endemic in so-called "archaeological countries" like Italy, Greece, Turkey, Sicily, Cyprus and other areas of the Mediterranean Basin, as well as many areas of Africa, South East Asia and Central and South America, which have a rich heritage of archaeological sites, a large proportion of which are still unknown to formal archaeological science.

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  1. ^ Bowman Proulx 2013, p.111.
  2. ^ Valdés 2006, p. 98.


Bowman Proulx, Blythe (January 2013) "Archaeological Site Looting in "Glocal" Perspective: Nature, Scope, and Frequency". American Journal of Archaeology (Archaeological Institute of America) 117 (1): 111-125 JSTOR 10.3764/aja.117.1.0111 doi:10.3764/aja.117.1.0111 (subscription required)
Valdés, Juan Antonio (2006). "Management and Conservation of Guatemala's Cultural Heritage: A Challenge to Keep History Alive". In Barbara T. Hoffman (ed.). Art and cultural heritage: law, policy, and practice. New York, USA: Cambridge University Press. pp. 94–99. ISBN 978-0-521-85764-2. OCLC 434442795.