Wednesday 5 May 2010

David Gill on the BBC

David Gill talked briefly on his research on looting on the BBC programme "Good Morning Wales" this morning. At the moment the programme can be listened to here (between 1:25/03 secs and 1:28/45 secs). Two intriguing accents. Gill says of his work with Christopher Chippindale:
What we've been doing as a research project is looking at the material consequences of looting, in other words the scale of looting, how many hundreds and thousands of archaeological contexts are being destroyed to supply material for the art market. On the other side [are] the intellectual consequences; because objects are removed from their archaeological deposits, they lose valuable information; once they've been torn from that, we cannot understand the spatial distribution of objects being found....

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