Criminology and Archaeology

Criminology and Archaeology : Studies in Looted Antiquities

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This collection is the product of a collaborative venture between criminologists and archaeologists concerned with the international market in illicit antiquities. It examines the state of regulation in the antiquities market, with a particular focus on the UK's position, but also with reference to the international context more generally. Looting happens routinely and many countries have rich deposits of cultural material. The list of source countries is long, but the most high profile cases of looting have been in respect of Egypt, Italy, Peru, Mexico, Greece, Turkey, and China. Antiquities are highly collectable, and there are several prominent international centres for trade, most notably London, New York, Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Geneva and Bangkok, but the market operates across national borders. It is within the complex international and local regulatory context that the essays presented here emerge, focusing upon three areas in particular: the demand for looted antiquities; the supply of cultural artefacts which originate in source countries; and regulation of the international market in antiquities.
Criminology has long been interested in transnational crime and its regulation. Archaeologists' concerns lie in the destructive consequences of antiquities looting, which erases our knowledge of the past. In the papers presented here both disciplines present new data and analysis to forge a more coherent understanding of the nature and failings of the regulatory framework currently in place to combat the criminal market in antiquities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 9mm | 320g
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1841139920
  • 9781841139920
  • 1,288,585

Table of contents

Introduction: A Context for the Engagement of Criminology and Archaeology SIMON MACKENZIE AND PENNY GREEN Part I: Criminology and the Market for Looted Antiquities 1. Whither Criminology in the Study of the Traffic in Illicit Antiquities? KENNETH POLK Part II: Demand for Looted Antiquities 2. Antiquities, Forests, and Simmel's Sociology of Value TONY WARD 3. Consensual Relations? Academic Involvement in the Illegal Trade in Ancient Manuscripts NEIL BRODIE 4. Border Controls in Market Countries as Disincentives to Antiquities Looting at Source? The US-Italy Bilateral Agreement 2001 . GORDON LOBAY Part III: Supply of Looted Antiquities 5. The United Kingdom as a Source Country: Some Problems in Regulating the Market in UK Antiquities and the Challenge of the Internet ROGER BLAND 6. Crime Goes Underground: Crimes against Historical Sites and Remains in Sweden LINDA KALLMAN AND LARS KORSELL Part IV: Regulation and the Market in Looted Antiquities 7. The Paradox of Regulation: The Politics of Regulating Global Markets DAVID WHYTE 8. Criminalising the Market in Illicit Antiquities: An Evaluation of the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003 in England and Wales SIMON MACKENZIE AND PENNY GREEN
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Review quote

I have nothing but praise for the overall effort of the book to suggest a promising relationship between criminology and archaeology as well as for the information on the illicit market in antiquities provided by the individual papers. Sawyer Sylvester Law and Politics Book Review January 2011 This reviewer would argue that, despite some of the more theoretical contributions being challenging to someone without a background in criminology, they should be required reading for anyone who feels moved to comment on, or is in a position to influence, the framing or application of laws or regulations relating to what is an abhorrent and destructive trade. Pete Wilson Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites Journal Volume 12, Number 4
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About Simon Mackenzie

Penny Green is Professor of Law and Criminology, Head of Research and Director of the Law School's Research Degree Programme at King's College, London. Simon Mackenzie is a Reader in Criminology at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow.
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