Stealing History

Stealing History

Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World

Book - 2004
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Roger Atwood knows more about the market for ancient objects than almost anyone. He knows where priceless antiquities are buried, who is digging them up, and who is fencing and buying them. In this fascinating book, Atwood takes readers on a journey through Iraq, Peru, Hong Kong, and across America, showing how the worldwide antiquities trade is destroying what's left of the ancient sites before archaeologists can reach them, and thus erasing their historical significance. And it is gettingworse. The discovery of the legendary Royal Tombs of Sipan in Peru started an epidemic. Grave robbers scouring the courntryside for tombs - and finding them. Atwood recounts the incredible story of the biggest piece of gold ever found in the Americas, a 2,000-year-old, three-pound masterpiece that cost one looter his life, sent two smugglers to jail, and wrecked lives from Panama to Pennsylvainia. Packed with true stories, this book not only reveals what has been found, but at what cost to bothhuman life and history.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312324063
0312324065
Branch Call Number: 364.162 Atw
Characteristics: 337 p. : ill., map

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