The Dangers of Conflating Responsible and Responsive Artefact Stewardship with Illicit and illegal collecting

Suzanne Elizabeth Thomas, Bonnie L. Pitblado

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Archaeology and private artefact collecting have complex and inextricably linked histories. Archaeologists have long drawn attention to criminal activity among collectors, but to assume that all private owners of cultural material-and any archaeologists who interact with them-have ill-intent or engage in illegal behaviour can cause as much harm to the archaeological record as the criminal actions themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number376
Pages (from-to)1060-1067
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2020
MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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