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Mo’ loot, mo’ troubles

Archaeoporn has an entry illustrating one of the problems with buying illicit antiquities. It turns out that not all criminals are trustworthy people. Take for instance the Seal of Yzbl, it’s a seal of Queen Jezebel as mentioned in the Bible™. At least it...

The answer depends on the question

Pothunters destroying a site, or a problematic excavation? Photo (cc) gbaku David Gill has put up an interesting blog post showing how the kind of questions you ask lead you to certain kinds of answer. It’s really interesting to see how the assumptions are...

An obsession with context

Following yesterday’s post on the roots of archaeology, I’ve read an interesting post David Gill’s Looting Matters weblog about an obsession with context. The key quote is so good I can’t help lifting it: “The archaeological...