Sunday 18 August 2019

Fifty Years Ago

It was fifty years ago this influential article came out, initiating archaeological concern about artefact hunting and collecting Clemency Coggins, 'Illicit Traffic of Pre-Columbian Antiquities', Art Journal Volume 29, 1969 - Issue 1, pp 94-114 :
In the last ten years there has been an incalculable increase in the number of monuments systematically stolen, mutilated and illicitly exported from Guatemala and Mexico in order to feed the international art market. Not since the sixteenth century has Latin America been so ruthlessly plundered.

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