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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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Looting Lydia the Destruction of an Archaeological Landscape in Western Turkey

Looting Lydia the Destruction of an Archaeological Landscape in Western Turkey

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Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

Neil Brodie

Morag M. Kersel

Kathryn Walker Tubb

University Press of Florida

This chapter reports a survey of burial tumuli in the Güre-Uşak region of western Turkey, where the Lydian Hoard was discovered, famous—or infamous—because of its acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1960s and subsequent return to Turkey in 1993. It also makes the important point that although the destruction caused by looting is clear on the ground—in the form of ransacked tombs—it is hard to assess just what has been lost, in terms of both material and historical information. It then investigates the looting of Lydia, and of tumuli in particular, and explores local and international responses to the destruction of an archaeological landscape. The research has shown that tumulus groups like the one that produced the Lydian Hoard, and their associated settlement sites, probably represent extended estates of regional elites of the Lydian and Persian periods.

Keywords:   Lydian Hoard, Güre-Uşak region, Metropolitan Museum of Art, looting, archaeological landscape, burial tumuli

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