Thursday, 20 September 2012

Valdivia, the Antiquities Market and the Elusive Truth

Donna Yates has an interesting piece on her blog:  Valdivia Figurines and the appeal of 'the oldest'  (September 19, 2012) which she links to the text in the Glasgow Trafficking Culture e-encyclopaedia. She makes the parallel with the Cycladic figurine problem:
the corpus is mostly looted, it contains tons of forms not found in the limited archaeological excavations that have been conducted, and we intellectual consumers of artefacts don't know what to believe. 
This of course is not a problem restricted to figurines. 

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