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I took an archaeology course last semester, and we did a section on looting, and how it often goes unreported, and how many looted artifacts are sold to museums or private collections. But I've been thinking: Should looting even be considered a crime? Who has a rightful claim to artifacts which belonged to an ancient society which has long ago disappeared? The archaeologists don't seem to have any more legitimate claim to it than looters do. Sure, looting gets in the way of archaeology, but is that enough reason to ban it? What do you think?
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."--Voltaire
I would think that whoever owns the property owns whatever is on the property. In most cases, when archaeology is concerned, this would be the government that owns the land... or more to the point, the people that the government owning the land represents... so in essence, for the most part, looters are stealing from a society rather than an individual.
-------------------- Just another spore in the wind.
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