Thursday, 20 March 2014

Where are British-dug antiquities ending up?

Based on data compiled from tariff and trade information supplied by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission: 'U.K. is Top Source Nation in 2013 for U.S. Imports of Archaeological, Historical, and Ethnological Goods', Rick St Hilaire Cultural Property Lawyer, Thursday, March 20, 2014. This will include things like antiques furniture, pictures and snuff boxes, but also dugup antiquities from metal detecting and other sources:
Imports received from the U.K. jumped nearly 54%, totaling $11,451,019. And the U.K. and Egypt together made up nearly half of the $45 million of American imports. Import values from Egypt skyrocketed 105% at a time of political instability and upheaval [...] The top 20 source countries in 2013 by customs value for archaeological, historical, or ethnological goods were, in descending order, U.K., Egypt, Italy, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Greece, France, Israel, Australia, India, Gabon, Congo, Argentina, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Canada, Guinea, Lebanon, and Spain.
There is a table in the text showing the values in 2012 and 2013. Well worth a look and thinking about. How sustainable is this?

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