Saturday, 14 September 2019

Calling a spade a spade

Phacha Phanomvan @phacharaphornp·19 min
#Looting has transformed into community recreation. As long as we don't regulate small #antiquities trade, early historical and Iron age grave sites is constantly under threat. This is happening in the borders between Myanmar and Thailand. #artcrime

"community recreation", so a bit like "metal detecting" in the UK, then? But of course there it is done by white folk, so we don't call it "looting", do we? But it is unquestionably the same thing - collection-driven exploitation of the archaeological record.

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