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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 54. How much looting takes place during or after a dig?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27903


Looting is the removal of antiquities from their archaeological context without proper recording. Looted items are the property of the state in which they were found. Collectors and tourists who purchase looted items contribute to the destruction of archaeological remains by creating a demand that the market meets.

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