|The cat's got the lobbyists' tongues|
When an artefact is looted its archaeological context is lost and, thus, our ability to learn about the ancient past from the piece is either greatly reduced or totally obliterated. When scholars try to reconstruct contextual information about looted artefacts, they risk making up stories that have no ties to reality. Looted artefacts introduce false information into what we know about the past and rob us of our ability to learn about our heritage.Well worth a read and thinking about. Yates finishes her exposition of this fascinating story with the words:
We would have none of this if the vase had been looted. Remember how I said thousands of looted Maya vases exist in international collections. Imagine all that we have lost.We look forward to the usual rebuttal of the lobbyists for the dealers and the collectors of what the archaeologists have to say. Well, let's hear it.