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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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August 28th 2013:Cash for Artifacts: The State of the Illegal Antiquities Trade

If you’ve ever been to a museum with artifacts on display, chances are that you’ve seen the product of the illicit antiquities trade. Unfortunately, this practice is more widespread than one might believe, especially in politically and economically unstable regions. Archaeological sites are destroyed as looters search for artifacts that they then sell for a profit. Why does the connection between the antiquities trade and instability in general exist? What are the consequences of the illicit antiquities trade? Join us and guest Dr. Sam Hardy, research associate at the University College London

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Dr. Sam Hardy

Dr. Sam Hardy is a Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Archaeology. Dr. Hardy earned a DPhil in Law Studies at the University of Sussex. His professional experience includes archaeological, historical and ethnographic work in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, NGO work in the Netherlands, and teaching in the UK. He investigates the destruction of cultural and community property; the trade in illicit antiquities; the politics and ethics of cultural heritage work, including archaeological excavation in occupied and secessionist territories; and precarious labor in the cultural heritage industry. His work on the trade in illicit
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