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Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities
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Neil Brodie, Morag M. Kersel, Christina Luke, and Kathryn Walker Tubb

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813029726

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813029726.001.0001

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Convicted Dealers What We Can Learn

Convicted Dealers What We Can Learn

(p.93) 4 Convicted Dealers What We Can Learn
Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

Neil Brodie

Morag M. Kersel

Kathryn Walker Tubb

University Press of Florida

This chapter demonstrates that there is a high-volume “hidden” trade in antiquities bypassing the auction houses—and that this involves many objects that are higher-priced than those appearing at auction. Over the past few years, no fewer than four dealers in antiquities have appeared in court, in three countries, charged with offenses relating to the illegal excavation and/or illegal export and/or import of antiquities. All of them have been convicted of criminal offences, three have been jailed, and one is appealing the guilty verdict and sentence of ten years in prison. The cases presented throw light on the financial levels that are obtained in the antiquities underworld, but the last instance also illustrates the levels of ignorance in the banks.

Keywords:   dealers, antiquities, illegal excavation, illegal export, illegal import, banks, trade

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