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Roger Atwood | Stealing History

Released Thursday, 11th March 2021
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Roger Atwood (@rogeratwood) knows where priceless antiquities are buried, who is digging them up, and who is fencing and buying them, as described in his book Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and….

What We Discuss with Roger Atwood:

  • How abhorrent colonial looting practices of the past pale in comparison to the streamlined, market-driven illicit antiquities trading of today.

  • Contrary to popular depiction, illicit antiquities traders aren't marginalized hustlers scrambling to put food on the table, but savvy businesspeople following the demand that leads to a hefty payday.

  • How well-connected and wealthy collectors perpetuate this market by requesting and purchasing relics on demand in the same way most of us would order pizza.

  • Why this on-demand artifact mill irrevocably destroys more than it rescues from the unknown past and ruins sites beyond the context of legitimate archaeological salvageability.

  • On a positive note: what can be done to stem the tide for this wasteful demand so future generations might still enjoy what's yet to be discovered.

  • And much more...

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