Perspectives on looting, illicit antiquities trade, art and heritage

This module is about looting and the consumption of loot and it proceeds as follows. It begins with presenting a rough sketch of the looting and trade to give an indication of the pace of the destruction of archaeological sites generated by market demand. It then briefly attempts to discuss what motives the looter and the collector and tries to put looting and collecting into a broader societal context of local and global power relations. Finally, it will treat some of the cultural heritage professionals’ responsibilities in relation to the ongoing trade.