Elkins on Commodification of Antiquities

Posted on March 19, 2009


Nathan Elkins has posted to his Numismatics and Archaeology blog “Commodification of Antiquities as a Means of Protection?” In the post, he discusses whether promoting commodification would really bring an end to looting and ensure the preservation of antiquities. He believes these arguments “distract from the central issue which is one that concerns the material and intellectual consequences of looting and its relationship to an indiscriminate market and the responsibility of individual stakeholders (archaeologists, dealers, and collectors).”

Worth a read, if you are interested in the subject.