Criticism Of The Antiquities Market

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The antiquities market is a system that has always been met with resistance, especially among those within the scholarly community of archaeologists. Many archaeologists and scholars have argued against this market, stating that it is a detriment to archaeology. On the other side, those in favor of this market have provided reasons to show why they believe it to be a solid system. Both sides have their merit in regards to this controversial issue. However, when looking at the antiquities market as a whole, it has shown to be an effective system that can actually work hand in hand with the scholarly community, rather than against it. The key takeaway from the antiquities market is that it helps to preserve the past, something which all archaeologists strive to achieve. The acquisition of…show more content…
Brodie argues that the antiquities market is flawed because there is no dialogue between the parties involved. Brodie writes, “Several studies of exhibition and auction catalogues have shown that most recently assembled collections are composed largely of antiquities with no verifiable provenance, and that most material appearing for sale on the market likewise has no provenance” (4). Because of this, there is an inherent lack of trust and transparency, as statements made by the trade community are made without any verifiable evidence. He is quick to clarify, however that an artifact having an unknown origin does not necessarily mean that it was stolen. Moreover, he argues that most people seem to not necessarily care about this issue; they simply go to the museums or buy the marble statues. Brodie argues that in order for the antiquities market to fully succeed, there must be open dialogue between all of the parties involved, so that there can be understanding across the

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